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Features : An Uphill Battle

AFRICA Regional trading groups are struggling to boost intra-regional trade flows in sub-Saharan Africa.   Illicit trade continues to flourish in Southern Africa, with smuggled goods totaling an estimated $50 billion a year. Fears of a global recession and a ...

Features : Best Laid Plans

MIDDLE EAST Determined to avoid repeating past mistakes, oil-rich nations in the Middle East have worked hard to diversify their economies. So far they have fared well, but pitfalls remain.   Oil is integral to the Middle East's economic fortunes, ...

Features : Brazil Points The Way

LATIN AMERICA President Lula’s bold program of social and economic reform has become a model for economies in Latin America and beyond.   Under Lula, Brasilia has focused on growing the economy in a way that benefits people at all ...

Features : Down But Not Out

ASIA Asia’s emerging markets could not avoid the fallout from the credit crunch, but they stand a good chance of emerging stronger than ever as the dust settles.   The 21st century has been good to most emerging economies so ...

Features : Focus On Liquidity

TREASURY MANAGEMENT: ASIA Facing a unique set of challenges, treasurers in Asia-Pacific are focusing on improving liquidity management.     Newton: Organizations placing investment want to know exactly where it is being invested. It is a tough time for corporates ...

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Features : Banking On Innovation

BEST INTERNET BANKS 2008 In the second of a two-part series, Global Finance identifies the best corporate/institutional and consumer Internet banks globally and in six regions.         These are tough times for banks to focus on Internet ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Emerging Markets : Banks Continue Consolidation

BRAZIL     Brazil’s banks continued their consolidation trend, with the most recent deal in November creating Latin America’s largest financial group. Itaú, Brazil’s second-largest non-state-owned bank, announced its acquisition of Unibanco, the country’s third-largest, in a stock transaction valued ...

Emerging Markets : Braced For Global Slowdown

CHINA     Chinese authorities in infrastructure spending spree to stimulate economy. China will spend 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) over the next two years on infrastructure and social welfare projects, the country’s State Council announced on November 9. Policymakers ...

Emerging Markets : Crisis Starts To Bite Harder

AFRICA     Manuel: Rand's slide will help the country balance its books. Johannesburg-based AngloGold Ashanti, Africa’s largest gold producer, hopes to refinance a $1 billion convertible bond before Christmas, despite current market conditions that have all but closed the ...

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