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Battlelines are drawn in the fight for Latam's HNWIs

May 1, 2012

Many of Latin America's high-net-worth individuals are repatriating their funds and an increasing number of foreign investors are targeting the region, thanks to its rapidly expanding economy. With such demand for local product providers, domestic firms are finding themselves having to pit their specialist knowledge against the international reach of large foreign banks, making competition tough.

Missed opportunity at the World Bank

April 23, 2012

The appointment of a US academic to head the world Bank instead of Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala shows how out of touch the institution is.

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Colombia leaves its past behind

February 22, 2011

Once renowned as one of the most dangerous countries on the planet, Colombia has tackled much of its drug-related problems and boasts one of the best-performing economies in Latin America, which is attracting international investment and in turn creating myriad opportunities for the country's banks.

Juan Carlos Echeverry, Colombia's finance minister

Colombia primed for growth

February 16, 2011

Colombia's finance minister, Juan Carlos Echeverry, has every reason to be enthusiastic about his country's future but he is careful not to be complacent, knowing only too well that an economic boom can lead to bust.

Bogota was recently ranked as the world's riskiest business destination, but such attitudes are becoming outdated as crime levels fall

Colombia sheds poor image to emerge as up and coming IT hub

January 31, 2011

The negative perceptions of Colombia that have dogged the country over the past few decades are finally being shed, causing global companies to take note of its role as an up-and-coming IT hub for Latin America.

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José Darío Uribe on Colombia's financial transformation

December 23, 2010

Other countries may be dogged by recession, but José Darío Uribe, governor of the Central Bank of Colombia, says the country's financial sector is undergoing a transformation.

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Banks are competing to fund infrastructure investment

May 5, 2010

Hindered by years of armed conflict and governmental infighting, Colombia has launched a long-awaited infrastructure development programme, set to pump $24bn into its ailing transport network and, in turn, stimulate healthy competition among its banks as they bid to provide funding. Writer John Rumsey

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Bond boom fires up Latin America

March 3, 2010

With bank lending drying up last year, many Latin American corporates turned to the bond market to strengthen their cash positions. The resulting boom has instilled a sense of confidence in the region, with firms in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia leading the way. Writer Jason Mitchell

On the brink

September 2, 2009

While the Western world has been struggling through the global financial crisis, Latin America has shown a remarkable resilience to the upheaval. Two countries in particular - Colombia and Peru - are showing particularly impressive growth, and look set to become important emerging economies. Writer Jason Mitchell

Óscar Iván Zuluaga

October 6, 2008

Óscar Iván Zuluaga has overseen the end of an economic boom and the onset of a period of uncertainty since becoming Colombia’s finance minister in February 2007. The Banker interviewed him at the Finance Ministry in Bogota. Writer Jane Monahan.

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