• Even star economies need to raise their game — EBRD

    Even star economies need to raise their game — EBRD

    The economies of central Europe and the Baltics may have enjoyed an upgrade in the latest EBRD forecasts but one of the bank’s economist warned that they could no longer get away with copying foreign technology if they wanted to close the gap with their rivals




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  • The global infra gap: a bridge too far for development banks?

    The global infra gap: a bridge too far for development banks?

    The global infrastructure gap is yawning ever wider, with demand potentially reaching nearly twice the existing $50tr valuation of global infrastructure by 2030, by some estimates. And while the G20 has committed to making its multilateral development banks expand their lending and increase the impact of their activities, any realistic increase won’t be nearly enough to fill the infrastructure hole

  • Familiar frailties threaten Ukraine’s green shoots of recovery

    Familiar frailties threaten Ukraine’s green shoots of recovery

    Economic growth and political stability have returned to Ukraine, reviving hopes of a resumption of IMF funding, but failure to get to grips with corruption could yet derail the nascent recovery

  • Stagnant growth in home markets is luring western banks to seek value in CEE

    Stagnant growth in home markets is luring western banks to seek value in CEE

    Central and eastern Europe is a haven of calm in what used to be called “emerging markets”. It has growth, and the businesses from the region are increasingly new start-ups, rather than privatised state firms. But the investment banking picture looks anything but

  • Rays of economic sunshine break out behind dark clouds of refugee crisis

    Rays of economic sunshine break out behind dark clouds of refugee crisis

    The influx of refugees into the southern Mediterranean and eastern Europe has dominated European politics for the last 12 months, but the economic implications have been overlooked. While it presents a short term cost, it could offer long term benefits — if handled well

  • Growth and infrastructure the priorities as EBRD celebrates quarter century

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    Growth and infrastructure the priorities as EBRD celebrates quarter century

    The EBRD has proven remarkably durable during its 25 year life, proving able to expand its donor base, adapt and respond to new challenges such as moving into North Africa, pick the right fights and, perhaps most importantly, to be in the right place at the right time. Growth and infrastructure are the next challenges as the development bank heads towards its half century

  • Where do you CEE yourself?

    Where do you CEE yourself?

    Central and eastern European sovereign bond issuers can more and more rely on rates investors to come into their bond deals. But many of these borrowers are still handled by investment banks’ emerging market teams. So when is an issuer SSA rather than EM?

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