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Finance Minister of the Year/ Africa: Jose Pedro de Morais, Finance Minister, Angola

January 2, 2008

Jose Pedro de Morais, the finance minister of Angola, has been a foremost figure in the country’s economic rebirth over the past four years. This powerful technocrat has won the confidence of the president to move Angola forward from decline and dissension to a point where local commentators and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) alike express admiration, bordering on incredulity.

Finance Minister of the Year/ Europe: Kemal Unakitan, Finance Minister,Turkey

January 2, 2008

Following the disastrous financial crisis of 2001, Turkey managed to turn its economy around and achieve record annual growth of 7.4% in the five years from 2002-06. While the economy slowed early in 2007 it gained momentum after the elections in July, and although lower-than-trend growth is expected for 2007, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently forecast growth to settle at around a healthy 6% in 2008 and 2009.

Finance Minister of the Year/ Americas: Agustín Carstens, Finance Minister, Mexico

January 2, 2008

Like other major emerging markets, Mexico’s situation in the current crisis is relatively benign and the credit for this rests with a number of ministers, central bank governors and administrations. As a result, Mexico’s interest rates, inflation and financial sector are all in a stable condition.

Finance Minister of the Year 2008

January 2, 2008

Attacking corruption, addressing tax evasion and overhauling collection methods as well as applying a healthy dose of bank consolidation have all influenced The Banker’s selection of the world’s leading finance ministers .

Finance Minister of the Year/Asia

January 8, 2007

Vu Van Ninh
Minister of Finance Vietnam

Finance Minister of the Year/Middle East

January 8, 2007

Ibrahim Al-Assaf
Finance Minister Saudi ArabiaOil revenues unemployment

Finance Minister of the Year/Africa

January 8, 2007

Zakia H Meghji
Minister of Finance Tanzania

Finance Ministerof the Year/Americas

January 8, 2007

María Antonieta Del Cid de Bonilla
Finance Minister (2004-2006), Guatemala

Finance Minister of the year 2007

January 8, 2007

Budget surpluses, corruption, fractious parliamentary politics and power cuts. The Banker’s selection of the world’s leading finance ministers reveals that a cool head is key to success whether the economy is under pressure or in bloom.

Finance Minister of the Year/ Asia

January 2, 2006

Palaniappan Chidambaram
Minister of Finance India

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