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Mortgages Agreed Within Seconds? This Banker Vaults Digital Frontiers

KBC Bank chief executive Johan Thijs has no truck with bureaucracy or time-wasting — but stays upbeat, reports Wim Romeijn. Meet Kate. She’s your personal digital assistant. Ask her anything and she’ll show you the way. Now, Kate is —

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In the Face of Grim Challenges, Uzbekistan Forges Ahead on Privatisation

Despite a pandemic, a European war involving its closest trading partner and the growing threat of a global recession, Uzbekistan is forging ahead with a privatisation program which, it’s hoped, will power its economy into middle-income status. The challenges couldn’t

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Uzbekistan’s Dynamism Presents New Opportunities for Post-Brexit Britain

Though 5,000 km apart, the UK, an economic leader in the world, and my emerging but fast-developing nation are quietly forming a partnership no-one could have imagined three decades ago, when Uzbekistan broke away from the crumbling Soviet Union. I

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Chile Minister of Economy, Development, and Tourism José Ramón Valente: Escaping the Middle-Income Trap

Early in November, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) paid homage to Chile’s economic resilience and progress. It lavished praise on the country for its willingness to embrace the structural reforms with which the administration of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera aims

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President Armen Sarkissian: Quantum Politics Defined, Explained, and Considered

Armenia is ready for its time in the spotlight. The landlocked country experienced a watershed moment earlier this year when journalist-turned-politician Nikol Pashinyan, 43, set out on a protest march opposing the long rule of Serzh Sargsyan, who served two

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President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović: Visions of Europe by Its Best Pupil

Last September, the European Union launched its own Belt and Road Initiative, connecting Europe with Asia. The announcement of Brussels’ tentative response to Beijing’s grand strategy was barely noticed as Brexit negotiations neared their climax and Italy decided to throw

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