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Bambang Brodjonegor: Indonesia has eyes fixed on poverty reduction

January 2, 2019

Indonesia is contending with natural disasters, investors de-risking and general election uncertainty. But the government will not shrink from its aim of poverty reduction, minister for national development planning Bambang Brodjonegor tells Adrienne Klasa. 

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Why has ESG investment blossomed?

January 2, 2019

Environmental, social and governance-focused investing has ballooned in recent years as companies realise ignoring social impact carries both financial and reputational risk. Not only that, but accessible products, such as exchange-traded funds, make the sustainable route increasingly appealing. Adrienne Klasa reports.

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Is China’s finance bankrolling development – or debt?

October 1, 2018

China has become a major development financier to emerging markets via projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative. But some borrowers see unequal benefits in the deals, while the US is concerned by China’s growing influence. Adrienne Klasa reports.

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What is behind the US's reversal on development finance?

September 3, 2018

In a change of policy, the US administration is modernising its overseas development and foreign aid body.

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Fintech fights the good fight in the developing world

August 1, 2018

Adrienne Klasa looks at how the innovative approach of fintech start-ups is bringing a greater range of services to the financially excluded across the globe.

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Will protests derail Jordan's reform agenda?

July 4, 2018

The protests over tax reforms that have hit Jordan in recent months and brought about the resignation of its prime minister set alarm bells ringing in the West as well as the wider Middle East. Adrienne Klasa examines how one of the region's most stable countries can now move forward.

Top 1000 World Banks - All change at top as Australia again leads Asia-Pacific

July 2, 2018

Australian banks held on to the top Asia-Pacific rankings (excluding China and Japan) again, though Singapore’s DBS Bank moved up into the top five. Adrienne Klasa reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Japan's megabanks steer a stable course at the top

July 2, 2018

Japan’s banking behemoths have retained their dominance in the country rankings, with leader Mitsubishi UFJ Finanical Group also jumping a place in the global rankings, as Adrienne Klasa reports.

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Finance minister looks to safety in diversity for Kazakhstan economy

May 19, 2018

The 2014 oil price drop saw Kazakhstan go from stellar success story to global underperformer. Bakhyt Sultanov, the country's deputy prime minister and minister of finance, talks to Adrienne Klasa about its comeback strategy, which includes major infrastructure investment and positioning itself as a regional trade hub. 

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Basel requirements create development conundrum

May 18, 2018

Global regulations are making it harder for banks to lend for much-needed infrastructure projects in the developing world even as governments globally are advocating for private finance to get more involved. Adrienne Klasa looks at possible solutions.

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