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Keeping ahead of the neighbours

April 4, 2004

Prudent management of its oil reserves and a commitment to propriety is making Kazakhstan a regional success story. Chris Pala in Almaty explains.

South Korea moves into consolidation mode as foreign interest intensifies

April 4, 2004

Citigroup’s agreement to purchase KorAm Bank in late February has sparked a round of consolidation, reflecting a keen interest by foreign investors in South Korea’s retail banking sector, the third-largest in Asia after Japan and China.

Under new management

April 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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.

China and India: the new powerhouses

March 3, 2004

Mervyn Davies, group chief executive of Standard Chartered, shares his vision of Asia with The Banker.

Preparing for the competition

March 3, 2004

China’s barriers to foreign banks will soon be coming down but their expertise will also be useful to local institutions, says Louise do Rosario.

Tortuous path to pensions reform

March 3, 2004

Kala Rao reports on India’s timid yet nevertheless genuine attempts to overhaul its pension system – and on the global players licking their lips in anticipation.

Riding India’s growth wave

March 3, 2004

Foreign investors are bullish on India’s banks and ICICI especially. By Kala Rao and Stephen Timewell in Mumbai.

Foreigners gear up for Malaysian liberalisation

March 3, 2004

Foreign banks are already checking out local acquisitions in the run up to the full liberalisation of the Malaysian banking market in 2007. Bank Negara, the central bank of Malaysia, will then allow foreign banks to buy local ones, although in the next few years it will gradually allow some foreign banks to open more branches and have off-site ATMs.

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