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Juan Carlos Echeverry TEASER

Colombia constructs the framework for a resilient economy

September 3, 2012

A combination of responsible fiscal control, economic diversification and social inclusion make for a resilient economy. While Colombia has made significant strides towards achieving such equilibrium there is still headway to be made, with issues such as the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate, social inequality, and the threat from narcotraffickers still to be tackled.

Guido Mantega TEASER

The IMF must reform or run the risk of irrelevance

September 3, 2012

Within the IMF, some members are more equal than others. Only when fast-growing development economies such as the BRICS nations are fairly represented in its decision-making processes can it be described as a truly multilateral organisation.

Alan Bollard TEASER

New Zealand learns from the sidelines of the crisis

September 3, 2012

New Zealand may have fared relatively well during the global financial crisis, but the difficult economic climate, combined with specific market failures, has served to raise some serious questions among policy-makers, banks and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand itself.

Naoyuki Shinohara

Building on Asia's economic success

September 3, 2012

Asia has been a bastion of growth during the global financial crisis, but there are a number of key issues that must be addressed if the region is to continue being a major contributor to global economic growth.

Moving Lebanon from stability to growth TEASER

Moving Lebanon from stability to growth

August 27, 2012

Having protected the country's economic stability throughout a period of intense economic and political turmoil, the Lebanese central bank is now tasked with boosting job creation and lowering the country's growing budget deficit.

Putting Greece back on track

July 2, 2012

Four fundamental flaws have compromised Greek policy efforts and need to be reconsidered for the country to emerge from the financial crisis.

Giorgi Kadagidze, National Bank of Georgia governor

Georgia's local regulation in a global economy

May 28, 2012

The governor of the National Bank of Georgia has to tailor his maintenance of local financial stability to a banking sector with high levels of foreign ownership and aspirations to expand across the Caucasus region and beyond.

Luis Acre, Bolivian finance minister

Bolivian finance minister looks to cash in on strong economy

April 23, 2012

Bolivia is about to tap the international capital markets for the first time in a century, a move which its finance minister says reflects its impressive economic performance of the past few years.

Chinese banks move up a gear in Latin America

Chinese banks move up a gear in Latin America financing

March 26, 2012

As China becomes a growing source of finance in Latin America, looking to internationalise the renminbi and diversify its investments away from low-yielding US debt securities, both parties seem to be reaping the rewards. But does this blossoming relationship simply highlight Latin America's dependence on commodities?

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Confindustria president confident over Italy's future

March 1, 2012

Despite the doom and gloom surrounding Italy's future prospects, the president of its employers association, Confindustria, is confident that the country's new government has already made great strides towards putting it back on a path to growth.

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