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The growth factor

August 30, 2010

Paraguay's financial sector is small and underdeveloped but the country's fast-growing economy is opening up opportunities for both domestic and multinational players, buoyed in recent years by the creation and support of a development agency. Writer Silvia Pavoni


Paraguay banks on natural resources

August 30, 2010

 Paraguay's minister of finance, Dionisio Borda, outlines the government's efforts to make the most of its natural resources, attract private investment and build up the country's infrastructure.

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Ground to a halt

August 30, 2010

Paraguay's potential as a trade route is badly hampered by its poor transport infrastructure. The government has promised to invest in improving this situation through a series of PPPs.


A sweet deal

August 30, 2010

The candy leaf stevia plant is just one of the abundant, relatively untapped natural resources coming to symbolise the huge potential of Paraguay that is slowly opening up to foreign investors. Writer Silvia Pavoni

Central Bank of Paraguay on the country's need to diversify

August 30, 2010

The governor of the Central Bank of Paraguay speaks to Silvia Pavoni about the need to diversify Paraguay's economy and the measures he is taking to improve training for central bank staff.


Hidden treasure

August 30, 2010

Paraguay is little known as an international tourist destination despite having much to offer. However, the country's government is now taking steps to ensure that its attractions become known to more than just the most intrepid explorers.

Libya eyes a world stage

August 30, 2010

Having emerged relatively unscathed from the global downturn, Libya is working hard to attract foreign investors, promote tourism and diversify its economy. Stephen Timewell reports.

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Steady road to reform

August 30, 2010

Libyan banks withstood the worst of the global financial crisis and the country's banking sector is forging ahead with its planned expansion, reports Stephen Timewell.


Farhat Bengdara

August 30, 2010

The governor of the Central Bank of Libya tells Stephen Timewell how a major overhaul of the national bank is playing a critical role in driving government plans to improve the efficiency of Libya's economy and promote the private sector.

Freedom pass

August 30, 2010

Recent laws passed in Libya are aimed at removing the obstacles of previous legislations, allowing local businesses to compete and operate internationally, and bringing the economy into the modern age. Stephen Timewell reports.

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