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Top 100 Asean Banks: Singapore stays strong but Cambodia on the rise

April 3, 2017

Though Singapore’s ‘big three’ continue to take the top spots in The Banker’s Top 100 Asean Banks ranking, the more notable performances come from lenders in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Stefania Palma reports.

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Asian Development Bank president looks forwards on 50th anniversary

April 3, 2017

As the Asian Development Bank celebrates its 50th anniversary, president Takehiko Nakao talks to Stefania Palma about the organisation’s achievements, future objectives and approach to the effects of geopolitical risk on the region.

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Connecting Indonesia: bringing finance to a population of 250 million

April 3, 2017

The fourth most populous country in the world spread across more than 6000 islands, banks have struggled to reach out beyond Indonesia's big cities up to now. However, a digital transformation is gripping the country, bringing with it the promise of huge increase in financial inclusion. Stefania Palma reports.

Indonesia’s finance authority plans to deepen bond market

April 3, 2017

Indonesia’s financial supervisory authority has been rolling out reforms to deepen the local currency bond market. Now, the country’s national infrastructure investment plans could help the sector expand further, as Stefania Palma reports.

Malaysia's shot in the arm for Islamic wealth management

April 3, 2017

While Islamic finance is popular within Malaysia, concerns have been voiced about the country's sluggish growth as an international centre. To combat this, regulators in the country are pinning their hopes on sharia-compliant fund and wealth management. Stefania Palma reports.

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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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.

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State Bank of India’s roadmap to the Basel III deadline

December 1, 2016

State Bank of India's chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharya, talks to Stefania Palma about how she plans to meet Basel III capital requirements in 2019, the bank's debut global coco bond and her enthusiasm for the Indian central bank's rate cut.

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