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Jim Yong Kim

World Bank president reveals his masterplan

October 1, 2013

With criticism from both outside and inside the organisation, the World Bank Group has had to rethink its strategy and objectives in recent years. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim discusses these changes in an exclusive interview with The Banker, explaining why the institution remains a vital force on the world stage and how it plans to tackle pressing global problems such as poverty and climate change.

Mauricio Cardenas

Colombia's finance minister looks for growth in equal measure

April 2, 2013

Colombia might boast one of the strongest economies in Latin America but the country's finance minister, Mauricio Cardenas, is more than aware that its economic growth – largely dominated by its energy and mining sectors, which benefit only a small proportion of the population – needs to be diversified and its rewards better distributed.

The Colombian conundrum

Colombia: a profitable but closed shop?

April 2, 2013

Colombia's well regulated but relatively unsaturated banking sector represents a good growth opportunity, but the dominance of its three largest lenders makes it a difficult market to enter.

US regional banks find different paths to growth

US regional banks find different paths to growth

January 2, 2013

While many of the US's local lenders were hit by the subprime crisis, most of the larger regional banks are now back in growth mode. The Banker profiles four such banks.

Too big to succeed

Ecuador's big banks bound by bureaucracy

November 1, 2012

Ecuador’s banks have undergone sweeping changes, as the Rafael Correa-led government seeks to redress the balance between lenders and their customers. Officials say the interventions are necessary, but with big banks hit the hardest, bankers are asking just how this regulation benefits the market.

Patricio Rivera

Ecuador’s finance minister goes against the grain

November 1, 2012

Increasing tariffs on luxury goods and social sector government spending may not be conventional economic policy moves, but they have worked for Ecuador’s finance minister, Patricio Rivera, who has helped the country's gross domestic product to grow while reducing its poverty rate, decreasing unemployment and increasing the country's energy capacity.

Will new rules kick-start Mexican IPO rush

Will new listing rules bring IPO rush for Mexico?

March 1, 2012

A new proposal in Mexico is urging foreign-owned banks to list on the country's stock exchange. But while these banks achieve high returns on equity and the global equity markets remain volatile, the Mexican regulators may have a wait on their hands before these plans come to fruition.


Political and economic stability set to sustain Peruvian banks' growth

November 1, 2011

With its high economic growth rates and a good macroeconomic performance, Peru faces both the challenge of its number one trading partner, the US, bracing itself for another recession, and the fact that poverty now affects 31% of the South American country's population.

Christine Lagarde, managing director, IMF

Is the IMF's European focus damaging its international credibility?

September 1, 2011

The International Monetary Fund is being called into question amid fears that it is short of the necessary resources to temper the eurozone crisis and accusations that the historically Eurocentric organisation is not reforming its voting system fast enough to embrace emerging economies.

Luis Arce

Bolivia's economy minister reaps the rewards of prudence

June 1, 2011

Bolivia's economy minister, Luis Arce explains that the careful management of the country's finances over the past few years have left it in a strong position to not only cope with such demands, but to continue to grow.

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