Latest articles from Nick Freeman

The conversion process

March 10, 2009

In recent months, the State Bank of Vietnam has allowed five international banks to convert into wholly owned local entities in the country, opening its banking sector up to competition and bringing broader products and services to the market. Writer Nick Freeman.

Better prospects in the pipeline

February 2, 2009

After years of underdevelopment, Laos is reforming its laws and encouraging greater banking activity in anticipation of gaining WTO membership. Writer Nick Freeman in Vientiane.

Foreign banks to the rescue

November 3, 2008

Domestic issues have caused Vietnam’s underdeveloped banking sector to struggle in recent years. Will these difficulties be eased when foreign banks enter the market? Writer Nick Freeman.

A new dawn for banking

April 2, 2007

With oil deposits discovered and tourism and FDI booming, Nick Freeman reports from Phnom Penh on the nascent development of Cambodia’s banking sector.

Subtle growth in the bonds arena

December 4, 2006

Nick Freeman in Ho Chi Minh City reports on Vietnam’s widening spectrum of domestic bond issuers and investors.

Funding the future

October 2, 2006

Laos’ banking sector is small and underdeveloped but this may change as the country gradually liberalises its economy. Nick Freeman reports from Vientiane.

Journey towards greater liberalisation continues

July 3, 2006

With Vietnam’s chances of acceding to the WTO this year looking hopeful, Nick Freeman reports from Ho Chi Minh City on the repercussions for the country’s financial and banking sectors.

Back on the radar

February 6, 2006

As relaxed regulations and a healthy economy fuel interest in Vietnam, private banks are signing foreign partnerships while public banks prepare to sell off shares, writes Nick Freeman in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam readies itself for foreign arrivals

August 1, 2005

Nick Freeman reports from Hanoi on Vietnam’s burgeoning banking sector and local strategies for survival as foreign enthusiasm grows.

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