Latest articles from Stefania Palma

Wahid Omar

Malaysia's minister of financial affairs sees bright side of oil drop

June 1, 2015

Drops in oil prices have undeniably affected Malaysia’s economy. But minister of financial affairs Wahid Omar tells Stefania Palma how this was also a blessing to a country that is successfully diversifying its economy and government revenue sources through reforms such as the introduction of a goods and services tax.

Brunei's banks unperturbed by oil price drop

June 1, 2015

Hydrocarbon resources account for more than 90% of exports and more than 50% of gross domestic product in Brunei. But, thanks to the country's historical surpluses and government's spending discipline, it has weathered the storm of falling oil prices relatively well, with local banks remaining in profit and even eyeing growth.

Ram Sharan Mahat

Nepal's finance minister lays out recovery plan

May 26, 2015

Only one week after the first earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, Ram Sharan Mahat, the country’s finance minister, met Stefania Palma to discuss the government's plan to meet Nepal's enormous reconstruction and rehabilitation needs.

Malaysia shaken but not stirred

Shaken but not stirred: Malaysia sustains oil price drop

April 30, 2015

Global oil price volatility may be weighing heavily on Malaysia’s economy, but such events are not putting the country’s banking sector off its stride. Indeed, its lenders are increasingly looking to opportunities in the Asean region and Islamic banking to diversify their balance sheets. 

Piyush Gupta

DBS: how to expand in Asia

April 30, 2015

The CEO of Singapore's DBS, Piyush Gupta, talks to Stefania Palma about the potential and pitfalls of building a franchise in Asia and how global banking regulation has become a challenge in itself.

Chinas new tech savvy banks

China's new tech-savvy banks: how private lenders could threaten the status quo

April 1, 2015

The banking licences being granted to private companies in China look set to shake up the country's financial sector, with its 'big four' lenders coming under pressure from tech-savvy newcomers with a strong customer network, such as Alibaba and Tencent.

Vietnam – revived and ready for the Asean Economic Community

Vietnam’s banks: revived and ready for the Asean Economic Community?

April 1, 2015

Already on the way to recovery after a crisis in 2012, Vietnam’s banks now face further challenges in the shape of the increased competition that integration of the Asean Economic Community will bring about.

Land Bank of the Philippines gives finance a human face

Land Bank of the Philippines gives finance a human face

March 2, 2015

The Land Bank of the Philippines is working with small farmers and fishermen to promote inclusive growth and improve their quality of life, in even the most devastating of situations.

Land of opportunity

Why the Philippines is Asean's land of opportunity

March 2, 2015

A steady, sustainable growth story; an underbanked population; a key player in the Asean region; solid financial regulation; an embracing of PPPs to tackle huge infrastructure needs; and a nascent asset management industry. The Philippines is awash with opportunity for lenders, but who will take advantage? 

Amando Tetangco

Philippines CBG: unconventional and effective

February 23, 2015

Amando Tetangco, the governor of the Philippines' central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, talks to Stefania Palma about how in a post-financial crisis, globalised world, conventional central banking is no longer enough.

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