Mapping progress along the Belt and Road

April 3, 2018

At $1000bn, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is arguably the largest overseas investment drive ever launched by a single country. How are BRI projects across Asia and Europe progressing after a big spurt in activity following the maiden announcement of 2013? By Stefania Palma. 

ADB president says Asia can withstand external shocks

March 26, 2018

Takehiko Nakao, president of the Asian Development Bank, discusses the impact of US Fed rate hikes and the possibility of protectionist US trade policies on a rapidly growing Asian region. Stefania Palma reports.

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Asia's insulation: why were Fed rate hikes a non-event?

March 1, 2018

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates three times in 2017, but the panic that some in the industry predicted would overtake Asia-Pacific’s emerging markets as a result did not materialise. Has the region finished insulating itself from market shocks? Stefania Palma reports.

Ahmed Munawar teaser

Maldives finance minister chases diversification

February 1, 2018

Maldives minister of finance and treasury Ahmed Munawar tells Stefania Palma how the country hopes to diversify government debt, support public infrastructure mega-projects and engage with China under a new free-trade agreement.

Nestor Espenilla teaser

Nestor A Espenilla, Jr.: problems may be traditional, but solutions cannot be

January 2, 2018

While the Philipines enjoys a growing economy and stable finances, we do not underestimate the tough challenges of poverty, demographic change, technological advances and geopolitical risks. These can only be countered by looking outside the traditional solutions, says Nestor A Espenilla, Jr, the governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

VP Bank teaser

Will retail banking shake up Vietnam's established players?

January 2, 2018

Vietnam’s banks are pushing into retail, buoyed by a young and growing population. How will competition between new, tech-savvy private lenders and the big four public sector banks play out? Peter Janssen reports.

Shanghai rankings teaser

Top 300 Asia-Pacific Banks ranking: China dominates, India and Indonesia show growth

January 2, 2018

China’s lenders have the largest slice of the Top 300 Asia-Pacific Banks ranking, while privately owned Indian banks and south-east Asian lenders show impressive Tier 1 capital growth and profitability. Stefania Palma reports.

Battle to build Africa teaser

The battle to build Africa: will India and Japan usurp China?

January 2, 2018

Japan and India are joining forces to boost their commercial presence in Africa and counter China’s dominance. Will they be able to compete with the continent's top trading partner – and how is Beijing reacting to the new competition? Stefania Palma reports.

Singapore the clear leader among Asean IFCs

January 2, 2018

Singapore drew the lion’s share of Asean financial services investment in 2016-17, with inflows up at $1.1bn. It also led the outward rankings but value was down on the previous year, in line with the rest of the region. Silvia Pavoni reports.

Rajnish Kumar teaser

SBI looks to find the perfect balance

December 1, 2017

Under new chairman Rajnish Kumar, State Bank of India hopes to adjust the work-life balance so staff are in shape to help bring down bank's cost-to-income ratio. Brian Caplen reports.

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