Latest articles from Peter Janssen

Cambodia picks up pieces teaser

Cambodia continues along path to progress

April 3, 2017

Cambodia’s remarkable economic growth has allowed the country to emerge from its war-torn past and build a thriving financial system based largely on microfinance. Peter Janssen reports.

Chea Serey teaser

National Bank of Cambodia director-general looks to profit from peace

April 3, 2017

Chea Serey, director-general of the National Bank of Cambodia, talks to Peter Janssen about building a post-conflict banking environment and not signing up to Basel.

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.

Veerathai Santiprabhob teaser

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.

Union Financial Centre, Yangon teaser

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.

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