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Good principles are hard to live up to

March 5, 2007

Cracks are starting to appear in the Equator Principles. While banks may not lend money for non-compliant projects, they are still free to invest or to lend to export credit agencies that do the financing. Geraldine Lambe explores the new reputational risks this throws up.

Application of Equator Principles lands adherents in hot water

March 5, 2007

The establishment of a set of voluntary guidelines for project finance has handed pressure groups a stick with which to beat banks.

Crucial connections

February 5, 2007

The Dominican Republic’s infrastructure is a mixture of shining success and some failures that need to be addressed by the government, writes
John McCarthy.

Trade transition

February 5, 2007

Free zones, a gleaming new Cyberpark and the prospective potential of DR-CAFTA combine to create a competitive environment that is attracting international investors and public sector funding.

Ready for new era of trade

February 5, 2007

Industry and commerce minister Francisco Javier García Fernández and his director of foreign trade Vilma Arbaje de Contreras talk to The Banker about the Dominican Republic’s prospects under DR-CAFTA.

Membership with privileges

February 5, 2007

Finance minister Vicente Bengoa explains how DR-CAFTA’s system of tax-free exports to the US should help the country survive Chinese textile competition.

Getting ready for the UCP 600 roll-out

February 5, 2007

A new set of rules for documentary credits is expected to restore the reputation of this much-maligned method of trade finance. But will bankers be able to meet the July deadline? Michael Imeson writes.

Best laid plans

January 8, 2007

The North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) was intended, among other things, to improve Mexico’s economy (and thus reduce illegal immigration). In fact, it worked to the detriment of Mexico. Joe Stiglitz analyses what went wrong.

Some nations more equal than others

January 8, 2007

In this extract from his latest book, former World Bank chief economist Joe Stiglitz argues that a trade regime based on the principle of universal reciprocity regardless of circumstances does little to help developing countries.

Awesome potential locked in Africa

January 8, 2007

Africa is a real banking market with real potential and there is nothing philanthropic about Barclays’ activities there, writes John Varley. He outlines particular areas that his banking group is committed to developing and region-specific issues that must be addressed.

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