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Developing Asia will grow by 6.2% this year and 6.5% next, according to Asian Development Bank estimates, up slightly from 6.1% in 2013. Despite the uptick in overall growth, banks around the region continue to face challenging landscapes.

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Vietnam: Not For The Faint Of Heart

FRONTIER MARKETS REPORT<br /> Vietnam has great potential, but it also has significant hurdles to overcome to improve its business climate for foreign investors. Given the government’s dominance of industries such as agriculture, utilities and banking, those looking to invest must be prepared for the challenge.
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Browse additional economic indicators and data sets, selected by Global Finance editors, to learn more about Laos economic outlook, debt to GDP ratio, international trade performance and population trends. Rankings of Laos best banks and safest banks are also available.

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Cover Story: New Game, New Rules

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT By Valentina Pasquali Global foreign direct investment is undergoing a seismic shift as emerging markets countries are...

Economics, Policy & Regulation

India And Indonesia: Going Cold Turkey

The prospect of US Fed “tapering” is still taking its toll on Indonesia and India, as both nations face mounting deficits and international pressure for structural reform.

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Frontier Markets Focus: Cambodia

<p><strong>THE CONTENDER</strong><br /> Cambodia is emerging as a key investment destination—and potential consumer market—for companies focused on Southeast Asia. After more than a decade of 6%-plus growth—with just one hiccup during the global crisis in 2009—this nation of 15 million people has begun attracting serious interest.</p>

Award Winners

World’s Best Banks 2013: Asia

<p>By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt REGIONAL ECONOMY ON SOLID GROWTH PATH Asia’s regional economy continues to grow steadily, despite the tepid recovery in the United States and sovereign debt issues in Europe. The region’s ...</p>

Emerging & Frontier Markets

WTO Entry Offers Legal, Regulatory Benefits To Laos

MILESTONES: LAOS   By Thomas Clouse   The Lao People’s Democratic Republic will take the final step in its 15-year campaign to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) this month when the country’s legislature ratifies its membership agreement.   Laotian trade ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

DR News: First Vietnam-Based Company Lists GDRs In London

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: DR NEWS By Gordon Platt Hoang Anh Gia Lai, a conglomerate with interests in real estate and rubber plantations, has become the first Vietnam-based company to list global depositary receipts (GDRs) on the London Stock ...

Award Winners

Features: Awards Best Emerging Market Banks 2010 Asia

ASIA By Anita Hawser REGIONAL WINNER : HSBC As regional and foreign banks look to Asia to grow their business beyond their domestic markets, competition is heating up in the region. Traditionally a strong provider across 20 or ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Features: Regional Report – Southeast Asia

A FORCED TO BE RECKONED WITH The economically vibrant nations of Southeast Asia are forging closer links—and creating a regional powerhouse in the process. By Thomas Clouse While the world has focused its attention ...