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India opts for path of BRI resistance

April 3, 2018

India has officially rejected being any part of the Belt and Road Initiative. However, Chinese capital is still being put into the country's infrastructure projects. Stefania Palma reports.

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Bangladesh turns attention towards China

April 3, 2018

While some Belt and road Initiative projects have slowed in Bangladesh, the country’s enormous infrastructure needs and fast pace of growth make it an enticing partner for China. Stefania Palma reports.

Mapping progress along the Belt and Road

April 3, 2018

At $1000bn, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is arguably the largest overseas investment drive ever launched by a single country. How are BRI projects across Asia and Europe progressing after a big spurt in activity following the maiden announcement of 2013? By Stefania Palma. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Will Catalonia independence movement dent Spain’s economic recovery?

December 1, 2017

As Spain’s economy is forecast to outpace 2008 GDP growth for the first time since the eurozone crisis, its own constitutional problems are posing a risk to the upbeat projections, writes Stefanie Linhardt. 

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Belarus inches toward economic recovery

November 1, 2017

Belarus is gradually coming out of recession though its public sector reforms are too slow for some. This, combined with high dollarisation, could restrict its growth, writes Stefanie Linhardt.

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Turkey builds recovery on credit with an eye on elections

September 1, 2017

The Turkish government has launched a bold stimulus programme aimed at lifting the economy out of its slump ahead of coming elections, but at what long-term cost to the nation’s finances? Tom Stevenson reports.

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