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International calling

October 28, 2009

Syria's banking sector has made great strides in the past two decades, but is still dominated by small regional banks. Now the country's government is looking to major global names to take its economy forward. Writer Brian Caplen

The power of knowledge

October 28, 2009

For Qatar to compete with London and New York as a financial centre, it needs to be supported by a local talent pool. Qatar Financial Centre chief executive Stuart Pearce highlights two initiatives that will help the country in this regard. Writer Brian Caplen

António Horta-Osório

October 5, 2009

Abbey's CEO tells how his decision to pull the bank back from the mortgage market and transform it into a full commercial bank has helped it to thrive during the fallout of the crisis.

Korn Chatikavanij

October 5, 2009

The Thai finance minister's belief that the global crisis has presented the country with an opportunity to reshape its economy has seen him unleash plans for greater use of the capital markets, diversified exports and a boost in domestic consumption. Writer Brian Caplen

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Venezuela's banks survive in the face of adversity

September 2, 2009

A casual glance at Venezuela's banking sector would suggest that it is in good health. However, intervention from president Hugo Chavez's government is threatening the stability of the country's financial environment. Writer Brian Caplen

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Can climate change help propagate Guyana's economy?

August 4, 2009

The Guyanese government is looking to the small South American country's vast, untouched rainforests as a means of promoting eco-friendly development. Writer Brian Caplen

Bharrat Jagdeo

August 4, 2009

Bharrat Jagdeo, Guyana's president

Guyana's president laments the lack of consideration for smaller countries among the G-20 nations, and calls for a change in the relationship between international financial institutions and countries such as his. Writer Brian Caplen

Ralph Gonsalves

August 4, 2009

Ralph Gonsalves, St Vincent and Grenadines prime minister

The currency union of the Organisation of East Caribbean States is eyeing additional members and full economic union status. The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines ponders the future of the OECS and its impact on the wider Caricom group of countries. Writer Brian Caplen

Recession curbs Caricom unity

August 4, 2009

At their annual meeting last month, the Caricom heads of state struggled to make headway on trade and immigration restrictions, although one issue which was met with unanimity was climate change.

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New challenges for sober times

August 4, 2009

On top of the economic slowdown, Trinidad has other matters to contend with, including the government bail-out of its largest insurance company, Clico, and the acquisition of its second largest bank, RBTT, by Royal Bank of Canada. Writer Brian Caplen

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