Arun Jaitley teaser

India’s finance minister bullish on affording expansionary budget

April 3, 2018

The finance minister of India, Arun Jaitley, tells Stefania Palma about the newly announced budget, as well as the state of the country’s banking sector following the alleged fraud at Punjab National Bank. 

Mandiri teaser

Top 100 Asean Banks: Indonesia on the rise

April 3, 2018

While Singapore’s largest banks still head The Banker’s Top 100 Asean ranking, Indonesian lenders have registered strong Tier 1 capital growth and Cambodia leads in pre-tax profits. Stefania Palma reports.

AIIB 2017 teaser

India opts for path of BRI resistance

April 3, 2018

India has officially rejected being any part of the Belt and Road Initiative. However, Chinese capital is still being put into the country's infrastructure projects. Stefania Palma reports.

Majedur Rahman teaser

Dhaka Stock Exchange managing director explains China choice

April 3, 2018

The managing director of the Dhaka Stock Exchange explains to Stefania Palma why the bourse chose investment from a Chinese consortium over a competing offer from India, and how the exchange will grow in the coming years.

Dhaka teaser

Will Bangladesh realise its potential?

April 3, 2018

Bangladesh’s banking sector has yet to resolve problems relating to non-performing loans, governance and the soundness of its supervision. But a large population that is still predominantly financially excluded offers local banks enormous potential, as Stefania Palma reports.

SoftBank teaser

Will the SoftBank rollercoaster ride stay on track?

April 3, 2018

Japan's SoftBank Group, fronted by Masayoshi Son, has a dizzying number of investments dotted all around the world. Where this will take the debt-laden company is the topic of much debate. Adrienne Klasa assesses the situation.

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Bangladesh turns attention towards China

April 3, 2018

While some Belt and road Initiative projects have slowed in Bangladesh, the country’s enormous infrastructure needs and fast pace of growth make it an enticing partner for China. Stefania Palma reports.

Mapping progress along the Belt and Road

April 3, 2018

At $1000bn, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is arguably the largest overseas investment drive ever launched by a single country. How are BRI projects across Asia and Europe progressing after a big spurt in activity following the maiden announcement of 2013? By Stefania Palma. 

ADB president says Asia can withstand external shocks

March 26, 2018

Takehiko Nakao, president of the Asian Development Bank, discusses the impact of US Fed rate hikes and the possibility of protectionist US trade policies on a rapidly growing Asian region. Stefania Palma reports.

Insulated Asia teaser

Asia's insulation: why were Fed rate hikes a non-event?

March 1, 2018

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates three times in 2017, but the panic that some in the industry predicted would overtake Asia-Pacific’s emerging markets as a result did not materialise. Has the region finished insulating itself from market shocks? Stefania Palma reports.

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