Agricultural Bank of China has an impressive record when it comes to serving the country's rural areas. Newly appointed chairman Zhou Mubing tells Stefania Palma why the bank is committed to building its reach within the 'sannong' areas.
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China's fintech industry has grown at a rapid pace, in some cases leaving established tech giants of the West behind. Having cracked the domestic banking market, top Chinese fintech firms are already eyeing insurance and looking beyond the country's borders to continue their rapid ascent. Stefania Palma reports.
China’s microfinance sector is still developing but has strong potential to reduce poverty and support local SMEs. What are the challenges and opportunities for microfinance institutions in the country? The International Finance Corporation’s country manager for China, South Korea and Mongolia, Simon Andrews, explains.
Unprecedentedly, ICBC, China Construction Bank, Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China are all in the top five banks by Tier 1 capital worldwide. But the good news does not end there for Chinese banks, with many putting in a strong performance further down the ranking.
As China’s economy slows and corporate debt swells, the country’s banks are turning to retail as a new source of growth. Who is jumping on the bandwagon, and how will banks tap into China’s enormous mass market? Stefania Palma reports.
The former head of Banco Espírito Santo’s investment arm, José Maria Ricciardi, talks to Stefania Palma about the parent bank’s turbulent last days and how he hopes to exploit its established European network in his new position as the chief executive of Haitong Bank.
After a turbulent 2015, faith in Asia’s economies was strong at the Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Frankfurt, despite falling exchange rates and capital outflows. Stefania Palma reports.
Ahead of the 2016 Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Frankfurt, the president of the ADB discusses China’s slowdown and reform agenda while underscoring that other parts of Asia – such as India – are still growing strongly. Interview by Stefania Palma.