Middle East: The Gulf's banks improve their Asia focus

Middle East: The Gulf's banks improve their Asia focus

March 25, 2019
By ELLIOT WILSON

Asia’s importance in global trade, helped by China’s ideas, innovation and growth and allied to the Middle East’s drive to improve living standards and diversify should profit every regional bank.

The Middle East’s best banks for Asia 2019

The Middle East’s best banks for Asia 2019

March 25, 2019

Asia’s importance in global trade, helped by China’s ideas, innovation and growth and allied to the Middle East’s drive to improve living standards and diversify should profit every regional bank.

India banking: Data show RBL the way

India banking: Data show RBL the way

March 19, 2019
By ELLIOT WILSON

RBL Bank has been transformed over the last decade, from parochial local lender to a second-tier bank with genuine national scale.

Sri Lanka dawdles in digital

Sri Lanka dawdles in digital

March 19, 2019
By ELLIOT WILSON

Its local banks have invested heavily in technology, but many customers still prefer the old-fashioned ways: paper ledgers and physical tellers.

India's fintech needs to break free

India's fintech needs to break free

March 19, 2019
By ELLIOT WILSON

The country’s fintech sector has enormous potential, but it is being hobbled by a host of factors, from inconsistent regulations to a damaging credit crunch affecting local non-bank finance companies.

Pakistan tries to break the IMF habit

Pakistan tries to break the IMF habit

March 18, 2019
By ERIC ELLIS

Pakistan is a bailout addict, having spent 22 of the last 30 years in the fund’s intensive care, but can Imran Khan’s new government break that dependency? His finance minister says he has the cure.

Bangladesh: The City Bank goes all-in on digital

Bangladesh: The City Bank goes all-in on digital

March 18, 2019
By ELLIOT WILSON

A new chief executive is busy rolling out a bold strategy to make it the country’s biggest lender, with the help of some of the savviest names in the business – bKash, Grameenphone and China’s Ant Financial Services.

Myanmar: Loh presses refresh at UAB

Myanmar: Loh presses refresh at UAB

March 18, 2019
By ERIC ELLIS

The new chief executive was hired to modernize Myanmar’s struggling United Amara Bank – in a year, he has got rid of the old guard and fired up the business.

HKMA needs a new boss: expect an inside job

HKMA needs a new boss: expect an inside job

March 15, 2019
By MATTHEW THOMAS

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is looking for a new chief executive to replace Norman Chan later this year, but if history is any guide, don’t expect it to look very far.