Vietnam readies itself for foreign arrivals

August 1, 2005

Nick Freeman reports from Hanoi on Vietnam’s burgeoning banking sector and local strategies for survival as foreign enthusiasm grows.

Economic engineers

July 4, 2005

The slow pace of legal and regulatory reform is a recurring frustration across all sectors of the economy but is only one piece of a bigger puzzle.

Impressive progress keeps hopes high

July 4, 2005

Afghanistan has many issues to resolve, such as security, a poor infrastructure and over-reliance on aid. But when you consider the recent strides that have been made, the country has reason for optimism. James Eedes reports from Kabul.

China’s growth marks new economic era

July 4, 2005

China has entered a new cycle of growth and is willing to integrate further into the world economy, contributing to the greater global good, according to Jin Renqing, the Chinese finance minister.
The politician was speaking at a presentation to mark his acceptance of The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year, Asia award in London early last month. Mr Jin outlined the latest macroeconomic developments in his home nation and revealed Chinese efforts to maintain a stable economic outlook.

India’s credit clean-up

July 4, 2005

Efforts by Indian banks to sort out non-performing assets and laws to protect creditors’ rights have made the lending climate more favourable, reports Kala Rao.

Taiwan bids to become a financial powerhouse

July 4, 2005

Taiwan’s push to consolidate its banking sector received a boost recently but whether its efforts will pay off is uncertain. Dennis Engbath reports from Taipei.

Deadlock stifles reform

July 4, 2005

The Democratic Progressive Party’s reform plans continue to be blocked by the opposition-controlled legislature. By Dennis Engbarth in Taipei.

Smart strategies for survival

July 4, 2005

Ho Mei-yueh, Taiwan’s minister of economic affairs talks to Dennis Engbarth about relations with China, financial reform and sustainable development measures.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs is responsible for policy implementation in a wide range of fields, from industrial development, energy and water conservancy to commerce and investment policy. After serving as vice-chairwoman for the Council for Economic Planning and Development during the first term of President Chen Shui-bian’s government, Ho Mei-yueh, 54, returned to the ministry as minister in May 2004.

Accent falls on consolidation

July 4, 2005

Financial Supervisory Commission vice-chairwoman Susan Chang Hsiu-lien talks to Dennis Engbarth about the commission’s aims and activities.

Looking ahead with confidence

July 4, 2005

Thomas Tung-liang Wu, chairman of Taishin International Bank, shares his thoughts on its future prospects and Taiwan’s financial market with Dennis Engbarth.
In 2004, the Taishin Financial Holding Company ranked second among Taiwan’s 14 financial holding companies in terms of after-tax net earnings and earnings per share. This can be put down to aggressive promotion, innovation and low non-performing loan ratios in credit cards and other consumer and corporate finance operations.

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