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Three international banks gain Iraqi licences

March 3, 2004

The central bank of Iraq (CBI) announced in early February that three foreign banks, HSBC Holdings, National Bank of Kuwait and Standard Chartered Bank, had been selected to proceed to the final stage of the foreign bank licensing process.

Romania’s $200m syndicated loan gets enthusiastic welcome

March 3, 2004

Austria’s leading banks have arranged a successful $200m syndicated loan for Romania’s largest bank, Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR).

Costa Rica leads the pack in 2002 trade rankings for Latin America

March 3, 2004

This month, The Banker publishes its first ranking of trade conditions for Latin America based on 2002 data.

Israel determined to sell off two top banks by 2005

March 3, 2004

Israel’s finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prioritising the sale of the banks in which the government has controlling interests. He is intent on selling off Israel’s largest banks, Leumi and Discount, within the coming year and a half.

More reform is key to sustaining growth

March 3, 2004

Financial sector reform must continue and deepen across Asia for prosperity to be sustainable in the region, says Tadao Chino.

IDB is a rudderless ship in a sea of controversy

March 3, 2004

Monica Campbell examines the Inter-American Development Bank’s record and finds it has little to show for its 45 years of existence but it is taking small steps to strengthen standards.

Disasters come under scrutiny but answers are hard to find

February 3, 2004

Why are financial disasters, such as Parmalat and Enron, so difficult to predict? This month The Banker asked a group of industry experts to participate in a roundtable discussion to explore the issues. Detecting fraud is far from easy, finding solutions far more so. We also look at whether risk models do the job.

Dawning of a new era as super bank is born

February 3, 2004

As mergers between giant US banks spawn behemoths, it’s a case of eat or be eaten. But the appetite, for now, is for homegrown fare.

Why we should first put our own House in order

February 3, 2004

Assumptions that Western-style democracy is superior to all other systems fail to realise that its cost and complexity may not suit countries where action, not words, are paramount.

Dire predictions on China are nothing more than scaremongering

February 3, 2004

Projections on growth for China that envisage a doomsday scenario for the rest of the world are both overblown and flawed.

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