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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.

Sharon Bowles

The great repo conundrum

January 3, 2012

Banks are swapping assets in a bid to transform illiquid assets into liquid, highly rated assets that are eligible for repo. But do regulators fully understand the implications and fears that banks are repeating the mistakes of past, and just who has all the repos?

Michel Barnier

Social businesses key to Europe's recovery process

January 3, 2012

One of the key facets to Europe emerging from its current malaise lies in the creation of a market in which its social businesses – innovative entrepreneurs that make up about 10% of the continent’s companies – can thrive, unencumbered by red tape, lack of finance or regional boundaries. The European Commission is on the case. 

Ricardo Martinelli, Panama president

Panama's president means business

December 1, 2011

With an economy on the rise and an influx of new foreign investment, Panama's businessman-turned-president Ricardo Martinelli is planning to push on with taking advantage of the country's location and expanding the Panama Canal, as more ships look to transport goods between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 


Time to recognise the limits of monetary policy

November 1, 2011

While the financial crisis and its aftermath have been a humbling experience for the banking industry, there is a need for humility among central bankers, too.

Oil minister plans to show the world Iraq's potential

October 3, 2011

The Iraq government’s plans to increase oil exports from 2.2 million barrels per day to 4 million opens up a wealth of investment opportunities. Oil minister Abdul Karim al-Luaibi tells Courtney Fingar what this could mean for the conflict-torn country.

Frugal Estonia's digital route to recovery

September 1, 2011

Estonian prime minister Andrus Ansip talks to Hugh O'Shaughnessy about the country's e-revolution, the power of its ID card, and the decision to reduce taxes for business and private citizens.

Donald Kaberuka

AFDB: All Africans must benefit from the continent's economic growth

September 1, 2011

Economically, Africa has been growing apace according to Donald Kaberuka, the president of the African Development Bank. But socially the continent is still struggling. The north African uprisings show that now, more than ever, it is time to focus on what Africans actually want.

Bogdan Dragoi

Romania's hard road to fiscal adjustment

August 1, 2011

Hit hard during the financial crisis, the Romanian government was the first in the EU to successfully complete an International Monetary Fund loan programme, without even needing to draw the whole loan. Secretary of state for finance Bogdan Dragoi explains his government’s strategy.

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