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Under new management

April 5, 2004

Simon Montlake reports from Kuala Lumpur on a revitalised economy now under the low-key yet decisive auspices of the newly elected Abdullah Badawi.

Engine of growth

April 5, 2004

The Banker’s Central Banker of the year for 2003, Tan Sri Dato’ Zeti Akhtar Aziz, is now in her second term at Bank Negara Malaysia. She helped Malaysia through the 1997-1998 financial crisis and has since presided over a dramatic consolidation of Malaysia’s financial sector. The country is now reaping the benefits.

Malaysian equity value unlocked

April 5, 2004

After Malaysia’s stormy financial fortunes in the late 1990s, the country has recovered well, and its economy is proving of valuable interest to international markets.

Lending, a helping hand

April 5, 2004

With interest rates falling, Brazil’s banks are losing the drip feed that is government debt and are looking to increase lending and fees. Bill Hieronymus reports from Săo Paulo.

Banking for the bankless

April 5, 2004

Young Argentines who sold a small internet site to Banco Santander for millions of dollars at the height of the internet bubble are jumping into Brazilian banking to compete with the region’s largest financial institutions.

Will bitter pill save Zimbabwe?

April 5, 2004

The governor of Zimbabwe’s central bank has had to introduce tough measures – in the face of death threats – to pull the country back from the brink of meltdown. But are they too little, too late? James Eedes reports.

Market upswing sees Saudi banks’ profits soar

April 5, 2004

The country’s financial sector is reaping the rewards of favourable market forces in the kingdom.

Can Africa convince investors of its value?

April 5, 2004

Sophie Roell considers the prospects for Africa gaining a stronger presence on the world’s stock markets.

Standard Chartered meets Africa’s diversity challenge

April 5, 2004

Douglas Beckett, regional head of consumer banking at Standard Chartered explains the bank’s strategy in Africa, following its recent re-entry into South Africa and Nigeria. By Parveen Bansal.
With its roots in both Asia and Africa, Standard Chartered Bank has emerged in the past 150 years as a leading financial institution in these markets. The present-day bank is the product of a 1969 merger between Standard Bank of South Africa and the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, the latter being the older institution, having been founded in 1835 following the grant of a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria.

We love you, we love you not

April 5, 2004

Personal customers in the Czech Republic and Poland have mixed feelings towards the foreign banks that dominate their financial services industries,a new survey shows. Michael Imeson reports.

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