In March, Georgia’s Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze told emeafinance that the issue of the separatist provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia would be resolved “in the next few months”....
At the end of September, Seychelles announced it was defaulting on its US$800mn of external debt, in the first sovereign default for two years. Experts agree that more defaults are coming in EMEA sovereign and corporate debt, and some funds are poised to take advantage of distressed debt situations.
Having been caught in a blizzard of media and regulatory attention in the first half of 2008, sovereign wealth funds are taking steps to try and improve their public image, including agreeing to a voluntary code of conduct in September, reports Julian Evans.
While mobile network operators have stolen the lead in the provision of mobile payment services to unbanked people in developing countries such as Africa, their ability to provide full banking services, and get involved in remittances, may be somewhat limited. Partnering with established global banks, seeking to capitalise on unbanked regions, could be the answer, writes Liz Salecka.
Depository receipts have proven to be a reliable business even in these volatile times. Indeed, trading on GDRs is actually up 87% this year, even though new issuance is dramatically down on 2007.