Ram Sharan Mahat

Nepal's finance minister lays out recovery plan

May 26, 2015

Only one week after the first earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, Ram Sharan Mahat, the country’s finance minister, met Stefania Palma to discuss the government's plan to meet Nepal's enormous reconstruction and rehabilitation needs.

Laos minds the growth gap

Is the Laos growth story reaching an end?

April 30, 2015

After a five-year spell of growth, Laos's economy stalled a little in 2014. However, with an improving regulatory environment, the launch of the Asean Economic Community and an improving foreign investment outlook, the country can still look forward with some optimism.

Malaysia shaken but not stirred

Shaken but not stirred: Malaysia sustains oil price drop

April 30, 2015

Global oil price volatility may be weighing heavily on Malaysia’s economy, but such events are not putting the country’s banking sector off its stride. Indeed, its lenders are increasingly looking to opportunities in the Asean region and Islamic banking to diversify their balance sheets. 

Piyush Gupta

DBS: how to expand in Asia

April 30, 2015

The CEO of Singapore's DBS, Piyush Gupta, talks to Stefania Palma about the potential and pitfalls of building a franchise in Asia and how global banking regulation has become a challenge in itself.

Bracken

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China’s superpower vehicle or a harmonious Asian programme?

April 27, 2015

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has the potential to reallocate both Chinese and Western savings into projects that will boost the global economy and satisfy China's aspirations for a leadership role.

Kyrgyzstan's banks: suffering from growing pains?

April 14, 2015
Indicators teasers

 

Kyrgyzstan’s banks are trying to expand their customer base, but will this impact upon their performance?

Asean capital markets integration: around the corner?

April 2, 2015
Financing Profile teaser

As the Association of South-east Asian Nations enters the last year in the run-up to its planned economic integration, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are on track to harmonise their capital markets, while others are dragging their feet.

Set Aung

Myanmar's fast track to financial fruition

April 1, 2015

Much progress has already been made in Myanmar's financial markets since the country's liberalisation in 2011, and now it is on the brink of refining its banking laws and establishing the Yangon Stock Exchange.

Thai banks look to their neighbours for growth

Thai banks look to their neighbours for growth

April 1, 2015

Cross-border expansion has become a key source of growth for many of Thailand's banks, which are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities in neighbouring Myanmar and Laos, both of which are at the start of what is expected to be a huge banking growth curve. 

Indonesia and Philippines make headway

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2015: Indonesia and Philippines make headway

April 1, 2015

There might not be much movement among the top positions in this year’s Top 100 Association of South-East Asian Nations Banks ranking, but Filipino lenders are on the rise, while Indonesia’s banks boast the highest returns. 

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