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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.

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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.

Jurgen Ligi

Europe's real crisis is one of democracy, not debt

February 1, 2012

A return to economic growth in Estonia shows that it is possible to benefit from eurozone membership, even amid Europe's financial crisis. But governments must first acknowledge the limits of what the state can do.

Victor K Fung

Global supply chains enter a new era

January 3, 2012

As China moves from producer to consumer, as more bilateral trade agreements are signed, and as more environmental disasters show just how vulnerable a country's manufacturing base can be, a new era is emerging that is changing the entire philosophy of the global supply chain.

Najib Razak

The rise of the East does not mean the fall of the West

January 3, 2012

There is a feeling in some circles that as the East rises, the West must simultaneously decline. But why? Rising prosperity in Asia means more opportunities for businesses and banks in North America and Europe, and the only ones to suffer will be those who continue to think along 'East versus West' lines.

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