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Philippines Finance Secretary: Aim for 7-8% growth

Cesar Purisima, finance secretary of the Philippines, says factors such as better governance helped the country to grow over 6 percent every year since 2012. He adds that the government is aiming for a faster pace of growth so as to eradicate poverty.

BOT: 'Happy with Thai baht at the moment'   Thu, 21 May '15 | 10:41 PM ET
BOT: 'Happy with Thai baht at the moment'

Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Bank of Thailand, says the current levels of Thai baht is "more in line" with regional currencies.

Quality of life is key to work performance: Survey

Michel Landel, Global CEO of Sodexo, discusses its latest survey which showed how corporate initiatives that aim to improve the "quality of life" can help productivity.

Tracking the slowdown in Thai credit spending

Darren Buckley, President of AmCham and country head and country officer of Citibank Thailand, says there is a slowdown in credit card spending and a pick up in the delinquency rate in Thailand.

Why US investors are not deterred by Thai crisis

Darren Buckley, President of AmCham, explains why foreign direct investment from the U.S. into Thailand increased nearly 5-fold in 2014 despite the country's political instability.

This firm isn't worried about fake goods on Alibaba

Julie Deane, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, says Tmall Global's rationale of checking the IP of each brand it has on its website gave her the confidence to sell her bags on the Alibaba-operated online marketplace.

How India is eradicating hurdles of doing business

Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance, India, says an "ambitious plan" is at work to bring the quality of India's infrastructure up to world-class levels.

Will June 5 be D-Day for Greece?   Thu, 21 May '15 | 8:46 PM ET
Will June 5 be D-Day for Greece?

Derek Halpenny, European head of Global Markets Research at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, says June 5 could be D-Day for Greece if it fails to make a payment to the International Monetary Fund.

Hana Electronics CEO: '2014 was a good year'

Richard Han, CEO of Hana Electronics, says last year's military coup resulted in much-needed stability that allowed businesses to return to normal in Thailand.

For Japan, is Q1 GDP a new dawn or false start?

Martin Schulz, international equity investment director at PNC, says the upbeat growth report signals the "beginning of a better recovery in Japan" and the central bank will likely stand pat on policy in the near term.

Here's the upside in HP earnings   Thu, 21 May '15 | 7:32 PM ET
Here's the upside in HP earnings

David Garrity, principal at GVA Research, says Hewlett-Packard's second-quarter results had "lesser bad news" compared to the previous quarter, indicating improvements moving forward.

Capital Bank: Iraq's main issue isn't ISIS   Thu, 21 May '15 | 7:23 PM ET
Capital Bank: Iraq's main issue isn't ISIS

Bassem Khalil Al-Salem, chairman of Capital Bank, says the main issue for businesses in Iraq is the lack of liquidity, instead of the instability caused by ISIS militants.

Goldman: 'China is heading in a good direction'

Mark Schwartz, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs Group, likes the "confidence and inspiration" of China's leaders who are pushing through political and structural reforms.

Shoppers, this can help you save on shipping costs

Cai Li, co-founder of Singapore-based AirFrov, introduces his start-up which matches shoppers keen to purchase items from overseas with frequent travelers.

Is Lenovo worried about a China slowdown?   Thu, 21 May '15 | 6:20 PM ET
Is Lenovo worried about a China slowdown?

Wong Wai-Ming, CFO of Lenovo, is confident that business on its home turf will continue to grow, but says the percentage of its Chinese business will likely fall amid a growing international market.

BOT governor: There is still room for rate cut

Thailand's economy continues to stumble even though the central bank has cut rates twice in a row. CNBC asks Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Bank of Thailand, whether he is running out of options.

Rising investor complacency is a concern: Pro

Erik Davidson, CIO at Wells Fargo, says investors are getting increasingly complacent amid Greek uncertainty and looming rate hikes in the U.S.

Are markets being irrational?   Mon, 18 May '15 | 6:15 PM ET
Are markets being irrational?

Jeffrey Carbone, co-founder and managing partner at Cornerstone Financial Partners, explains the disconnect between markets and fundamentals in the U.S. economy.

Indian billionaire: Pay heed to your instincts

Uday Kotak, founder and executive vice chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank, believes that an entrepreneur should have a sixth sense that can detect a good opportunity.

Could the Fed delay rate hike until 2016?   Wed, 20 May '15 | 8:12 PM ET
Could the Fed delay rate hike until 2016?

Richard Harris, chief executive of Port Shelter Investment Management, doesn't think the Fed could raise interest rates this year and expects markets to continue the rally.

Could Australia win this year's Eurovision?   Thu, 21 May '15 | 12:53 AM ET
Could Australia win this year's Eurovision?

Amanda Pelman, chair of Australia's Eurovision Jury, discusses whether Australia's Guy Sebastian could win the annual competition. She adds that the Eurovision Song Contest is seeing more diverse and professional talents.

Japanese zoos, aquariums to stop buying Taiji dolphins

Ric O'Barry, head of Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, discusses news that Japan's association of zoos and aquariums will stop buying dolphins caught in the waters of Taiji.

After upbeat Q1 GDP, what will BOJ do?   Thu, 21 May '15 | 12:18 AM ET
After upbeat Q1 GDP, what will BOJ do?

Martin Schulz, senior economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, says the Bank of Japan will likely keep its monetary policy unchanged following the upbeat first-quarter growth figures.

Will China miss 7% growth target? UBS says yes

Donna Kwok, senior China economist at UBS, expects China's economy to expand 6.8 percent this year and outlines her expectations for further easing from Beijing.

The after-effects of Hanergy's stock collapse

The collapse of Hanergy sparked selling pressure on stocks like Goldin Financial on Thursday, says Jackson Wong, associate director at United Simsen Securities.

This expert is 'cautiously optimistic' on Lenovo

Patrick Moorhead, president & principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, discusses the outlook for Lenovo.

This helped Jessica Alba's Honest to succeed   Wed, 20 May '15 | 10:49 PM ET
This helped Jessica Alba's Honest to succeed

Jessica Alba and Brian Lee, founders of The Honest Company, explain the role that technology played in ensuring the success of their company.

Amid slowdown, will China opt for big bang stimulus?

Tim Condon, head of Research, Asia at ING Financial Markets, says Thursday's weak PMI print reinforced the idea of a weakening economy, but China will likely resist the use of massive stimulus.

A coming-out party in Singapore for business failures

Adrian Tan, director at CareerLadder, says the notion of being an entrepreneur has been "overly glamorized" hence he wants to share mistakes that he made in the early days of starting his career-coaching firm.

The key takeaway from China May flash HSBC PMI

Hao Hong, MD of Research and Chief Strategist at Bank of Communications International, says China isn't seeing inflationary pressure, which means that further monetary easing could be needed.

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