Africa has been on the cusp of mainstream capital markets for years. While the continent made a breakthrough in the variety of issuance it produced in 2012-13, 2014 looks like it will be the year when African borrowers finally become established
Seen and heard in the corridors of the Annual Meetings
Emerging market bond markets may be heading for serious disruption in coming months even if the US Federal Reserve raises interest rates slowly and gently, bankers warned yesterday.
Sanctions have shut down Russian bond supply, the key component of the CEEMEA bond market. However, investors are getting stuck into opportunities elsewhere in the region
Women's participation in the labour force still lags men's by 12% even in developed economies. In the MENA region it can be up to 50%. That is a wasted resource - and best practice examples show countries and companies that tackle the problem outperform
"Indonesia, having just seen a peaceful democratic election of a non-elitist leader, is probably going to embark on reforms that should keep growth at 5%-6% for years to come"
Jim O'Neill, economic advisor, IFC
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