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Mozambique oils the wheels of economic growth

September 3, 2012

While the recent discovery of natural gas will certainly boost Mozambique's economy, the country's president, Armando Guebuza, recognises that it will not be enough to pull the country out of poverty and end its reliance on aid. To achieve this, it will be necessary to promote growth in other areas, such as agriculture and tourism, in order to create a more diverse and sustainable economy.

Alan Bollard TEASER

New Zealand learns from the sidelines of the crisis

September 3, 2012

New Zealand may have fared relatively well during the global financial crisis, but the difficult economic climate, combined with specific market failures, has served to raise some serious questions among policy-makers, banks and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand itself.

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How will the Greek restructuring work out?

September 3, 2012

The manner in which the Greek restructuring deals have been carried out, and the preferred investor status given to the ECB and the central banks of other European countries, has left the private sector badly burned. Will this lead to a reluctance from private investors to re-enter the country, or the eurozone in general, thus hindering its recovery?

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Will Scotland take flight in UK independence referendum?

September 3, 2012

The people of Scotland will have the opportunity to vote on the country's independence from the rest of the UK in 2014. But while the decision will inevitably be an emotive one, the financial, business and political ramifications cannot be ignored, and it appears that there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding them.

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.

Will listings of state-owned shares energise Bucharest market?

May 1, 2012

An ambitious privatisation programme could revitalise the Bucharest Stock Exchange, but there are still many hurdles in place preventing a boost in activity.

Recovery eludes Romanias banks

Recovery eludes Romania’s banks

May 1, 2012

With private sector credit growth negligible and non-performing loans still high, foreign-owned banks may need to rethink their strategies in Romania.

Issuers on the fringes of Europe's crisis

May 1, 2012

Although not directly affected by the squeeze facing eurozone peripheral sovereigns and banks, central and eastern Europe is affected by its economic ties with the EU and the prevalence of western European banks in its markets. Philip Alexander hears from a range of European issuers outside the eurozone, including sovereigns, agencies, banks and corporates, on how the crisis has affected them.

Mixed blessings of foreign ownership for Black Sea banks

May 1, 2012

Levels of foreign ownership vary widely among the banks of the eastern Black Sea countries. While foreign-owned banks went too far, too fast before the crisis, they may be more resilient than locally owned players in a downturn.

Turkey spreads its wings

Buoyant Turkish banks eye regional expansion

May 1, 2012

Turkish banks are following the lead of the country’s vibrant export sector and expanding into new regional markets, but their strategies vary widely.