Dana Holdings builds a better future for Eastern Europe with its ‘city within a city’ concept
Having emerged from a post-Soviet slump, many countries in Eastern Europe are now looking to take their economic growth to the next level. Real estate developments can play a significant role in this process
Facebook’s foray into financial services is struggling to gain momentum – here’s why
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the company will launch a digital currency later this year, but already the plan is fraught with issues
Sing the blues: trade disputes and an ageing population are hampering Singaporean growth
Trade conflicts have eroded the global supply chain and dented growth over the past year. For the export-reliant nation of Singapore, a worsening outlook has sparked fears of a recession
Crimea doesn’t pay: assessing the economic impact of Russia’s annexation
It’s been more than five years since Russia annexed Crimea, but with contrasting financial reports emanating from the peninsula, it’s difficult to determine just how beneficial the move has been for Moscow
Striking a sour note: why the CFA franc’s days as legal tender could be spent
Shared by 14 countries across West and Central Africa, the CFA franc often divides opinion. Now, as opposition towards the controversial currency mounts, its future on the continent is being brought into question
The devil and the deep blue sea – Japanese whaling brings surprising conservation benefits
Japan has faced a great deal of criticism for its decision to leave the International Whaling Commission and once again engage in commercial whale hunts. But what does the country’s attempt to revive a dying industry really mean for conservation efforts?
Lacking common cents: how Zimbabwe went from economic star to financial basket case
In 2008, a hyperinflation crisis destroyed Zimbabwe’s currency. The embattled African nation appears to be heading down the same route once again, but this time, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel
KIB leads Kuwait’s financial transformation
After years of sluggish growth, Kuwait’s banking sector is finally booming and its financial institutions are capitalising. Among them is Kuwait International Bank, whose exciting new strategy puts people at the heart of its ambitions
What does the future hold for Indonesia during Jokowi’s second term?
Joko Widodo has done a great deal of good for Indonesia, but as the president returns for a second term, intractable challenges loom large over the country’s sustainable development efforts
Is a new debt crisis mounting in Africa?
Rising debt in sub-Saharan Africa has sparked fears that the continent is heading towards crisis point. Although debt ratios remain below historic highs, critics have suggested that African countries are being propped
up by riskier loans
Malaysia’s journey to become the next Asian superpower
In the 1990s, Malaysia was tipped to become the fifth Asian Tiger, but a financial crisis and slow wage growth hindered its economic progress. Now, the country is on an upward curve once more
The economics of Korean reunification
With North and South Korea in the process of arranging a fourth summit, talk of uniting the two countries is getting louder. However, much needs to occur before a reunification could be considered economically viable
The World Bank reaches a crossroads
The World Bank has a new president to guide it through taxing times, but can this pillar of the international financial system adapt to an era of rapid geopolitical changes and rising nationalism?
Guaranty Trust Bank’s sharpened focus is a boon to its digitalisation drive
Banks are embracing new digital technologies at breakneck speed, but such rapid innovation should always be centred on customers’ best interests
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