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China and India: the new powerhouses

March 3, 2004

Mervyn Davies, group chief executive of Standard Chartered, shares his vision of Asia with The Banker.

Foreigners gear up for Malaysian liberalisation

March 3, 2004

Foreign banks are already checking out local acquisitions in the run up to the full liberalisation of the Malaysian banking market in 2007. Bank Negara, the central bank of Malaysia, will then allow foreign banks to buy local ones, although in the next few years it will gradually allow some foreign banks to open more branches and have off-site ATMs.

Strong Banorte fuels outside interest

March 3, 2004

Banorte is now the bank to watch in Mexico. It is the only 100% Mexican-owned institution left in a market that is receiving a strong vote of confidence from outsiders, most recently shown by Spain’s BBVA offering $4.1bn for the 40% of Bancomer it does not already own.

Europe debates supervision for rating agencies

March 3, 2004

The European Banking Federation (FBE) is working with the European Commission to assess whether any EU legislation is required for the rating agencies industry.

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.

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