Latest articles from Peter Janssen

Chiranjibi Nepal

Nepal CBG seeks a stronger, more independent economy

November 1, 2016

Nepal's central bank governor, Chiranjibi Nepal, tells Peter Janssen about how the country's trade blockade with India actually helped its trade deficit, spells out his plans to strengthen the banking sector, and explains why remittances are so important to the economy.

IME Nepal

Can Nepal wean itself off remittance reliance?

November 1, 2016

Hit by an earthquake and trade blockade with India, Nepal has endured a tough few years. However, despite these events its banks have remained profitable, though much of this is explained by what many deem to be an over-reliance on remittances. Peter Janssen reports.

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Thailand's CBG looks to bring sustainable and inclusive growth

September 26, 2016

The governor of the Bank of Thailand, Veerathai Santiprabhob, tells Peter Janssen why the country's referendum vote in favour of a new constitution, its push towards attracting higher value-added investments, and the government's reform package gives him hope of achieving his 'sustainable and inclusive growth' hopes.

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Japanese banks exploit regional partnerships to move into CLMV countries

July 1, 2016

As Thailand loses some of its allure, Japan’s big banks are following their corporates into Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, using their Thai subsidiaries as strategic partners. Peter Janssen reports.

Myanmar Telenor teaser

Myanmar’s fledgling banking system braces for fintech

June 10, 2016

Myanmar is on the cusp of a mobile and financial technology revolution. How can emerging local banks harness this development? And is the rise of fintech an opportunity or a challenge? Peter Janssen reports.

What difference does the AEC make

The AEC: what difference does it make?

April 1, 2016

The launch of the Asean Economic Community has opened up a new wave of opportunities. However, with Western banks pulling back from Asia and domestic banks all-powerful in the region's more developed markets, it may only be the Greater Mekong region that sees any discernible change to its financial landscape in the near future.

Relaxed listing rules help Thailand's corporates defy economic malaise

November 2, 2015

Despite a drop in exports, Thailand's private sector has been bolstered by a relaxation in market regulations regarding the listing of overseas operations, which has helped the country's corporations to thrive in a low-growth environment.

Laos minds the growth gap

Is the Laos growth story reaching an end?

April 30, 2015

After a five-year spell of growth, Laos's economy stalled a little in 2014. However, with an improving regulatory environment, the launch of the Asean Economic Community and an improving foreign investment outlook, the country can still look forward with some optimism.

Thai banks look to their neighbours for growth

Thai banks look to their neighbours for growth

April 1, 2015

Cross-border expansion has become a key source of growth for many of Thailand's banks, which are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities in neighbouring Myanmar and Laos, both of which are at the start of what is expected to be a huge banking growth curve. 

Prasarn Trairatvorakul

Thailand’s CBG seeks greater banking depth and breadth

April 1, 2015

The governor of the Bank of Thailand, Prasarn Trairatvorakul, has seen the country's banking sector show remarkable resilience over the past few years. However, he is now looking for its lenders to expand their services into neighbouring countries, as well as offer more sophisticated products at home.

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