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Haruhiko Kuroda

The job of reforming Japan's labour market

October 1, 2014

Japan's unemployment rate may be shrinking but behind this headline figure lurks problems such as low labour mobility and excessive reliance on part-time employment. These are deep-rooted issues that new government initiatives are trying to flush out.

Atiur Rahman

Bangladesh's socially responsible road to economic growth

October 1, 2014

Socially responsible financing continues to play a key role in Bangladesh's financial sector. Focusing on inclusiveness and green funding has allowed the financial inclusion of the poorer segments of the population, while maintaining the country’s economic stability. 

Ajith Nivard Cabraal

Sri Lanka's call for consolidation

October 1, 2014

At a time of heightened risk perception in the global financial sector, Sri Lanka is set to consolidate its financial industry to resist volatility and potential shocks, and boost the standard of living throughout the country.

Abdul Wahid Omar

Pulling Malaysia out of the middle-income quicksand

September 29, 2014

Former Maybank CEO and Malaysia's incumbent minister of financial affairs, Abdul Wahid Omar, talks to Stefania Palma about Malaysia’s decades-long quest for high-income status, describing how he is looking to achieve this goal while ensuring that the country's population feels the benefits of its economic rise.

Axel Weber

Monetary policy: caught between price stability and financial stability

September 2, 2014

The interest rate needed for low inflation and full employment is different from the interest rate needed for financial stability. How did this happen and what can be done about it?

Bill Rhodes

The challenges of culture, conduct and reputation

July 28, 2014

It is almost unanimously agreed that changes need to be made to improve the banking culture, but it is important to set realistic and workable targets that support the banking business model.

Zoran Stavreski

Macedonia: big progress in a small country

March 24, 2014

Zoran Stavreski is Macedonia's deputy prime minister and minister of finance. Here he shares his views on his country’s economic outlook and prospects for EU membership with Brian Caplen.

Liu Mingkang

Regulating China's economic reforms

February 24, 2014

The Chinese government is promising far-reaching economic reforms, but these are likely to put the financial sector under strain. Former chairman of the China Bank Regulatory Commission Liu Mingkang tells Philip Alexander how the authorities can manage the transition.

Nicos Anastasiades

Cyprus president: country is moving in the right direction

January 27, 2014

The first signs of recovery are emerging in Cyprus, and the country's president, Nicos Anastasiades, is confident that the measures and resolutions put in place by the government will see the economy return to growth by 2015.

Fai-nan Perng

Why great power demands great responsibility

January 2, 2014

Advanced economies such as the US and the eurozone enjoy enormous privilege as issuers of international currencies, says Taiwan’s central bank governor. This power needs to be tempered with a responsibility to promote economic stability on a global scale. 

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