Finance minister Indrawati takes on Indonesia’s most taxing problem

March 27, 2017

As finance minister of Indonesia, one of Sri Mulyani Indrawati’s priorities is to boost government revenue by tackling low tax receipts. These are caused by an overly complicated system – but modifying regulation will be a slow process. Meanwhile, she has major industries that are paying relatively low levels of tax in her sights, as Stefania Palma reports.

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Will central bank reforms kick-start Myanmar’s payments revolution?

March 1, 2017

Myanmar’s central bank has opened up the local market to international payment companies such as Visa and MasterCard. But how will they help modernise the payments sector and drive financial inclusion in this newly opened frontier market? Stefania Palma investigates.

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China pulls into lead for green investment

February 1, 2017

China is pulling ahead of Europe when it comes to investing in green projects, while president Donald Trump's scepticism towards climate change is risking the US's status in the field, author and professor Mariana Mazzucato tells Stefania Palma.

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The five-year plan to transform Sri Lanka

January 30, 2017

Sri Lanka has emerged from decades of national unrest and is now fighting to combat corruption and instil fiscal discipline. Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake outlines the government’s new vision for economic development to Jacopo Dettoni. 

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Sri Mulyani Indrawati: reforms crucial for sharing prosperity

January 3, 2017

Indonesia’s newly appointed finance minister explains why she returned to her home country to take up the role, and outlines her economic policy objectives.

Bill Winters' take on China, Trump and the new world order

January 3, 2017

Despite global political uncertainty, emerging market banks will benefit from the shift of power to China, Standard Chartered CEO Bill Winters tells Silvia Pavoni.

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Fazle Kabir: The unconventional route to financial inclusion

January 3, 2017

Eschewing monetary policy norms can support growth and lead to positive outcomes for the socially and financially excluded, as Bangladesh is demonstrating.

Multilateral institutions teaser

Can institutional investor and multilateral co-investment meet infrastructure needs?

January 3, 2017

Risk-averse institutional investors have historically shied away from large-scale infrastructure investments in emerging markets, but new collaborations with multilateral institutions are now tempting public and private institutions into such projects. Stefania Palma reports.

Infrastructure investment – the revival

January 3, 2017

While interest rates remain low, infrastructure investment makes more sense than ever.

Hong Kong takes bulk of Chinese IFC investment

January 2, 2017

Hong Kong was the leading IFC for investment from mainland China between 2011 and 2016, in which time China itself pulled in a whopping $20bn from other IFCs, led by London. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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