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Romania’s $200m syndicated loan gets enthusiastic welcome

March 3, 2004

Austria’s leading banks have arranged a successful $200m syndicated loan for Romania’s largest bank, Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR).

Costa Rica leads the pack in 2002 trade rankings for Latin America

March 3, 2004

This month, The Banker publishes its first ranking of trade conditions for Latin America based on 2002 data.

Israel determined to sell off two top banks by 2005

March 3, 2004

Israel’s finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prioritising the sale of the banks in which the government has controlling interests. He is intent on selling off Israel’s largest banks, Leumi and Discount, within the coming year and a half.

More reform is key to sustaining growth

March 3, 2004

Financial sector reform must continue and deepen across Asia for prosperity to be sustainable in the region, says Tadao Chino.

Ready to face the music in Malaysia

March 3, 2004

Maybank CEO Amirsham Aziz believes Malay banks are ready to face foreign competition, he tells Karina Robinson.
A grey-haired man wearing a grey shirt and grey trousers is not a promising subject. But Amirsham Aziz, the unassuming president and CEO of Maybank, Malaysia’s banking behemoth, turns out to be a fan of the Havana-based Tropicana nightclub. He goes on about “the trees, the music, the sound, the acoustics, the colours”. (My emphasis would have been on the three dozen gorgeous mulatas (mixed race girls) who form the chorus line of probably the oldest outdoor cabaret show in the world, but perhaps only women can say these things nowadays.)

Istanbul takes centre stage

March 3, 2004

Turkey’s finance minister Kemal Unakitan talks to Stephen Timewell about involvement in a new development bank and the country’s privatisation strategy.

Top players seek fan base in Europe

March 3, 2004

The big, profit-hungry banks that have emerged from consolidation in Iceland are now hoping to gain a following abroad, reports Michael Imeson.

Overcoming the past

March 3, 2004

Romania has come a long way since 1999, says Matei Paun. With hyperinflation just a memory, its banks are now the targets for big European players looking for dramatic growth.

Springboard for growth

March 3, 2004

Hopes are high that laws passed, but not yet implemented, will reshape the financial sector and open up business opportunities for banks in the kingdom. By Stephen Timewell in Riyadh.

Laying macro foundations

March 3, 2004

Saudi Arabia had a bumper year in 2003 and the economic outlook remains good. Jon Marks considers where opportunity lies for both the government and investors.

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