South-east Asia’s capital markets vary considerably in size and sophistication – Myanmar is still developing while Singapore is encouraging fintechs and Hong Kong seeking derivatives – and each country’s strategies for financing companies are equally disparate, writes Brian Caplen. This report looks at their development and highlights the region’s major trends.
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Date: 4 -7 May
The 50th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is held in Yokohama, Japan from 4 – 7 May, 2017.
- Sustainable development for Asia
- Overcoming middle income traps
- Meeting infrastructure investment needs
- Asia's ageing societies
Transcending the Middle Income Challenge
ADB joint seminar with the International Monetary Fund moderated by Stefania Palma, Asia editor at The Banker, on 4 May, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Mitsuhiro Furusawa, deputy managing director, International Monetary Fund
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, minister of finance, Indonesia
Takehiko Nakao, president and chairperson of the board of directors, ADB
Erik Berglof, professor/director, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics and Political Science
Justin Yifu Lin, director of New Structural Economics, Dean of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, and Honorary Dean of the National School of Development at Peking University
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Indonesia’s financial supervisory authority has been rolling out reforms to deepen the local currency bond market. Now, the country’s national infrastructure investment plans could help the sector expand further, as Stefania Palma reports.
While Islamic finance is popular within Malaysia, concerns have been voiced about the country's sluggish growth as an international centre. To combat this, regulators in the country are pinning their hopes on sharia-compliant fund and wealth management. Stefania Palma reports.
Microfinance is coming to the rescue in Myanmar as the country’s nascent capital markets struggle to meet its funding needs. Nikkei staff writer Yukako Ono reports.
The Stock Exchange of Thailand has ambitions to double its market capitalisation by 2020 by diversifying its pool of investors. Nikkei staff writer Yukako Ono reports.
Risk-averse institutional investors have historically shied away from large-scale infrastructure investments in emerging markets, but new collaborations with multilateral institutions are now tempting public and private institutions into such projects. Stefania Palma reports.
Sri Lanka has emerged from decades of national unrest and is now fighting to combat corruption and instil fiscal discipline. Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake outlines the government’s new vision for economic development to Jacopo Dettoni.
Indonesia’s newly appointed finance minister explains why she returned to her home country to take up the role, and outlines her economic policy objectives.
Myanmar’s central bank has opened up the local market to international payment companies such as Visa and MasterCard. But how will they help modernise the payments sector and drive financial inclusion in this newly opened frontier market? Stefania Palma investigates.