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Recovery against tough odds

December 2, 2003

Criticism is mounting of the IBRA’s restructuring efforts. But any
assessment must factor in the volatile environment in which the agency
had to operate, says Brian Caplen.

Open door policy comes knocking

December 2, 2003

China may have to swallow the unpalatable and seek foreign assistance if it is to remedy its huge non-performing loan problem. Brian Caplen reports.

Are banks fulfulling their moral role?

December 2, 2003

There is growing concern that Venezuela’s banks are ignoring their
private credit portfolios and relying instead on government paper, says
Mike Ceaser.
What happens when a nation’s banking system loses all of its customers
except one? When that nation is Venezuela, and the customer is the
government, the banks thrive. But the morals of this tactic and its
effect on the nation’s economy are being questioned.“Not having access to international markets, which had a very high cost, the state turned to the internal market”

South Africa still on top

December 2, 2003

The lowering of the rand/dollar exchange rate and an increase in assets keeps the country at the top of the pile.

Iran pushes for privatisation

December 2, 2003

Iran is set on a privatisation course to revive the economy and improve efficiency in its financial institutions. By Stephen Timewell and Mohsen Asgari in Tehran.

Tough line on reform pays off

December 2, 2003

In a region of political upheaval, Iran has worked hard to maintain its
stability. Strong oil revenues and healthy trade with the EU have
supported expansion and the outlook is positive.

Change is coming

December 2, 2003

Stephen Timewell reports on the slow but sure growth of Iran’s private banks.

Open to capital

December 2, 2003

Legal reforms have opened the doors of the Tehran Stock Exchange to foreign investors, reports Mohsen Asgari.

One-way traffic

December 2, 2003

While Iranian banks are deregulating and expanding abroad, foreign players are still constrained by regulation, as Stephen Timewell reports from Tehran.

Hungary’s OTP tastes success

December 2, 2003

Hungary’s OTP Bank is finally celebrating its profitable privatisation,
with a growing client base that enjoys a variety of sophisticated
access channels. Parveen Bansal talks to deputy CEO Csaba Lantos about the bank’s plans to be a major player in the region.

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