Latest articles from Stefania Palma

Ahmed Munawar teaser

Maldives finance minister chases diversification

February 1, 2018

Maldives minister of finance and treasury Ahmed Munawar tells Stefania Palma how the country hopes to diversify government debt, support public infrastructure mega-projects and engage with China under a new free-trade agreement.

Nestor Espenilla teaser

Nestor A Espenilla, Jr.: problems may be traditional, but solutions cannot be

January 2, 2018

While the Philipines enjoys a growing economy and stable finances, we do not underestimate the tough challenges of poverty, demographic change, technological advances and geopolitical risks. These can only be countered by looking outside the traditional solutions, says Nestor A Espenilla, Jr, the governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Shanghai rankings teaser

Top 300 Asia-Pacific Banks ranking: China dominates, India and Indonesia show growth

January 2, 2018

China’s lenders have the largest slice of the Top 300 Asia-Pacific Banks ranking, while privately owned Indian banks and south-east Asian lenders show impressive Tier 1 capital growth and profitability. Stefania Palma reports.

Battle to build Africa teaser

The battle to build Africa: will India and Japan usurp China?

January 2, 2018

Japan and India are joining forces to boost their commercial presence in Africa and counter China’s dominance. Will they be able to compete with the continent's top trading partner – and how is Beijing reacting to the new competition? Stefania Palma reports.

Chiranjibi Nepal teaser

Nepal’s central bank chief seeks more stability and fewer banks

December 1, 2017

Nepal is grappling with interest rate and liquidity volatility as well as a relatively large banking sector that has 28 commercial banks. Chiranjibi Nepal, governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, tells Stefania Palma how the central bank is addressing these issues.

Udaya Shumsher Rana teaser

Nepal leaves itself with a federal mountain to climb

December 1, 2017

Nepal faces parliamentary and inaugural provincial elections at the end of 2017 while being tasked with setting up a new federal system. Ministry of finance officials tell Stefania Palma how the government is coping.

Nepal Rastra Bank teaser

Nepal’s banks hope for stability as elections loom

December 1, 2017

Nepal’s banks have survived two years of upheaval, contending with violent earthquakes and India’s border blockade. Today, the sector hopes to address more systemic issues such as overbanking, political instability and cyber security threats. Stefania Palma reports.

Small firms go global teaser

Is technology enough to plug the SME financing gap?

October 2, 2017

Technology is revolutionising trade finance while facilitating lending to small businesses by tech giants such as PayPal, Amazon and Alibaba. But is this enough to fill the $1500bn global trade finance gap? Stefania Palma investigates.

Lagarde Lipton teaser

From fiscal discipline to capacity development: the future of the IMF

September 1, 2017

Stefania Palma talks to the International Monetary Fund’s senior management, including managing director Christine Lagarde, about its latest programmes and future direction.

Trump IMF

Where will Trump take US-IMF relationship?

September 1, 2017

The White House has pushed back heavily on today’s multilateral world order. So how will the relationship between the International Monetary Fund and its largest shareholder, the US, evolve under the Trump administration? Stefania Palma reports.

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