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Mauricio Cardenas

Colombia's finance minister tackles inequality head on

July 29, 2013

Colombia's finance minister, Mauricio Cardenas, tells The Banker about the country’s adoption of a new taxation regime aimed at addressing inequality, and why he believes other Latin American countries should be doing the same. 

Andris Vilks

Finance minister brings Latvia in from the cold

July 1, 2013

The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year for Europe 2013 won his award thanks to a successful and determined fiscal adjustment programme. He explains how moving early is now allowing Latvia to look beyond austerity.

Augusto de la Torre

How to stop hot money burning Latin America's growth prospects

May 28, 2013

The World Bank's chief economist for Latin American and the Caribbean, Augusto de la Torre, discusses ways to increase the value of foreign direct investment in the region and how to manage short-term capital flows.

An OMF solution to the economic malaise

An OMF solution to the economic malaise

April 29, 2013

The scale and length of the current recession has legitimised a return to the debate on introducing overt monetary financing as a policy option, according to economist Lord Adair Turner.

Oman hopes to open Islamic finance floodgates

Oman hopes to open Islamic finance floodgates

January 28, 2013

Oman's late introduction to Islamic finance will work in the favour of the country's bank, as they can learn from the examples of others, says HE Hamood Sangour Al-Zadjali, governor of the country's central bank.

TEASER-Andrew W Lo

Technological risk and the financial system 2.0

January 2, 2013

Technology is both problem and solution for modern financial markets, but 'financial system 2.0', which will see technology used in a more responsible and rational way, will learn from lessons past.

TEASER-Meghnad Desai

India: still solid as a BRIC?

January 2, 2013

India stands at a crossroads. The country's potential remains huge, but its growth of late has been hampered by political infighting and weak governance, leading some to question if it is still worthy of its 'BRIC' status.

TEASER-Marek Belka

How Poland defied the EU's blues

January 2, 2013

As the only EU member country to record positive growth at the height of the global financial crisis, and one of the few to suffer no casualties in its banking sector, Poland serves as a good example of how stable monetary policy combined with sound financial sector supervision can make for a robust and crisis-proof economy.

Andrew Sheng - TEASER

Asia's diverse path to maturity

January 2, 2013

With Asian economies expected to account for half of the world’s financial assets by 2050, there are huge implications for the financial architecture of Asia and the world. 

Germanys template for reform in Europe

Germany's template for reform in Europe

January 2, 2013

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder thinks that the rest of Europe needs to follow the reform programme he pioneered for Germany. This, coupled with the establishment of a true political union, will help Europe's damaged economy to recover and rebuild itself.

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