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Andrew Sheng

Asia Rising -- explores Asia's role in the world economy, the challenges faced from globalization, the quest for greater regional financial integration, the problem of lagging investment, and why East Asia performed so much better than Latin America. It also looks at the recovery of Japan and the rise of India and China. The economies of the ASEAN-4 come under the microscope in Country Focus. Other articles examine financial sector reform in Africa and the remaining hurdles to financial integration in the European Union. People in Economics profiles Paul Krugman, Back to Basics focuses on hedge funds, and the Straight Talk column looks at the problem of underdevelopment.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Following is a summary of a paper prepared for presentation by IMF Managing Director Michel Camdessus and delivered by Hubert Neiss, Director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department, at the Asia-Europe Finance Ministers Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, January 16.

Harry G. Broadman

For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly magazine brings you in-depth analyses of these and other subjects by the IMF’s own staff as well as by prominent international experts. Articles are written for lay readers who want to enrich their understanding of the workings of the global economy and the policies and activities of the IMF.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Following are edited excerpts from the closing press conference by Ahmed Macki, Chair of the Annual Meetings; Horst Köhler, IMF Managing Director; and James Wolfensohn, World Bank President, held on September 29. The full text of the press conference is available on the IMF’s website (www.imf.org).

MASAHIKO AOKI and HYUNG-KI KIM

For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly magazine brings you in-depth analyses of these and other subjects by the IMF’s own staff as well as by prominent international experts. Articles are written for lay readers who want to enrich their understanding of the workings of the global economy and the policies and activities of the IMF.

Magdi Iskander, Gerald Meyerman, Dale F. Gray, and Mr. Sean Hagan

For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly magazine brings you in-depth analyses of these and other subjects by the IMF’s own staff as well as by prominent international experts. Articles are written for lay readers who want to enrich their understanding of the workings of the global economy and the policies and activities of the IMF.

Mr. Ashoka Mody and Shoko Negishi

For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly magazine brings you in-depth analyses of these and other subjects by the IMF’s own staff as well as by prominent international experts. Articles are written for lay readers who want to enrich their understanding of the workings of the global economy and the policies and activities of the IMF.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The IMF–World Bank Annual Meetings in Singapore offered more than 30 forums at which delegates and representatives of civil society organizations and private companies, as well as IMF and World Bank officials, debated a number of thorny economic and social issues. The 2006 Program of Seminars, September 16–18, covered such topics as oil prices, aging populations, Asian integration, and corporate governance. Highlights of some of the seminars follow:

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

During the second quarter of 2002 and into August, a sharp erosion of investor confidence, increasing risk aversion, and growing concerns about the strength and durability of the economic recovery and the pace and quality of corporate earnings had repercussions in all the major equity, credit, and foreign exchange markets. Still, the global financial system displayed resilience, according to the IMF’s latest Global Financial Stability Report, which concludes that “the most likely outcome is that financial resilience and stability will be maintained.”

Mr. David Woo
The unprecedented rise in nonperforming assets during the recent Asian financial crisis severely tested the limit and capacity of the existing asset management infrastructure, leading policymakers to consider new approaches to resolve them. This paper examines two such approaches—the creation of asset management companies and the development of out-of-court centralized corporate debt workout frameworks—that came to define the core asset management setting in countries most seriously affected by the crisis. In addition to investigating their respective role, and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, this paper seeks to benchmark some best practices in their design.