Latest articles from Silvia Pavoni

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A sweet deal

August 30, 2010

The candy leaf stevia plant is just one of the abundant, relatively untapped natural resources coming to symbolise the huge potential of Paraguay that is slowly opening up to foreign investors. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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Ground to a halt

August 30, 2010

Paraguay's potential as a trade route is badly hampered by its poor transport infrastructure. The government has promised to invest in improving this situation through a series of PPPs.

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The growth factor

August 30, 2010

Paraguay's financial sector is small and underdeveloped but the country's fast-growing economy is opening up opportunities for both domestic and multinational players, buoyed in recent years by the creation and support of a development agency. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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Tough times in paradise

July 28, 2010

Caribbean economies have been hit hard by the global crisis, the Haiti earthquake and the near-collapse of CL Financial in Trinidad though its top performers still have plenty to shout about. Writer Silvia Pavoni

Julio Velarde

July 6, 2010

The governor of Peru's Central Reserve Bank tells The Banker how the country has sustained growth in the face of global turmoil - and why it will be prepared for any further shockwaves in the shape of a European sovereign debt crisis. Writer Silvia Pavoni

In a league of its own

July 6, 2010

Political and economic turbulence has long afflicted Peru's reputation, but having finally found a way of using its natural resources to the country's best advantage, the scale of its rising prosperity has international investors excited. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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Argentina's season of change

July 6, 2010

Despite the twin threats of the worst drought to strike South America in decades and the continuing fallout from global financial crisis, Argentina's lenders have survived relatively unscathed. And now a debt swap offer could allow the country to access international credit markets. Writer Silvia Pavoni

A point of principle

July 6, 2010

Samira Mensah, fund analyst for Standard & Poor's

Islamic funds performed well in the credit crunch and last year Islamic finance even gained the support of the Vatican. Politicans are now recognising that sharia-compliant principles could assist in avoiding another financial crisis. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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Development banks take capital route

May 28, 2010

Funding from capital markets has released development banks from the constraints of national economies' budgets to invest in a plethora of projects ranging from infrastructure, exports, business start-ups and the social development and growth of transition economies.

Reaching out to the financially excluded

May 28, 2010

Banks that ignore the huge numbers of people who remain outside the financial system may be missing an opportunity to improve their image and increase their profits. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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