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Why India backs fast-tracking of the IMF's global quota and governance reforms

October 3, 2016

The IMF and World Bank must adapt their governance and quota reforms to reflect the growing global role of Asia and the rise of emerging economies, writes India's finance minister.

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Why an EU capital markets union is more necessary than ever in a post-Brexit landscape

October 3, 2016

Europe needs a capital markets union, and the UK's decision to leave the EU just makes the case stronger and more urgent than ever, writes the vice-president of the European Commission. 

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UBS investment bank president calls for Europe-wide collaboration

October 3, 2016

Bank capital ratios throughout the eurozone have reached sky-high proportions since the financial crisis, but the persistent low interest rate environment continues to pose a threat to their profitability. For the region to move forward, industry-wide collaboration is the key, writes the president of UBS's investment bank.

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Why Expo 2020 Dubai will benefit the Middle East, Africa and beyond

October 1, 2016

The United Arab Emirates minister of state for international co-operation, who is also the director-general of Expo 2020 Dubai, assesses the potential of this mega-event to engineer an economic and business boost for the entire Middle East, Africa and south Asia region.

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Outgoing Polish CBG urges successor to focus on stability

July 1, 2016

Poland’s outgoing central bank chief Marek Belka tells Stefanie Linhardt that maintaining banking stability will be the major issue for his replacement. 

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Using microfinance to lift China's poor to prosperity: an IFC viewpoint

July 1, 2016

China’s microfinance sector is still developing but has strong potential to reduce poverty and support local SMEs. What are the challenges and opportunities for microfinance institutions in the country? The International Finance Corporation’s country manager for China, South Korea and Mongolia, Simon Andrews, explains.

Gina Miller

Gina Miller: the UK is stronger and safer in the EU

May 31, 2016

Gina Miller, the founder of SCMDirect.com and True and Fair Foundation, says that while there are issues that need to be resolved within the EU, the UK will not escape these problems by leaving the union. 

New prime minister looks to get Jamaica working

May 23, 2016

In his first major international interview since he was sworn in as prime minister on March 3, Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness tells Courtney Fingar about his economic strategy for the next few years, including tax reform and preparation for the opening-up of Cuba.

Slovenia's finance minister looks to keep the good news coming

April 25, 2016

Slovenia's minister of finance, Dušan Mramor, tells Stefanie Linhardt how he is overseeing the reduction of its budget deficit, economic growth, rising employment and a burgeoning privatisation programme.

Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani

A risk shared: why Islamic finance is a safer option

April 1, 2016

Islamic finance's approach to risk sharing makes it less speculative and more disciplined than its conventional counterpart. However, says Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, the president of the Islamic Development Bank, if the industry is to reach its full potential, more collaboration and innovation is needed.

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