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  • "If people think this is just to raise the flag, it's not going to last long," said Christopher Flensborg, Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, the Swedish bank that's the world's largest underwriter of green bonds. Green bonds used to come exclusively from AAA-rated organizations like the World Bank; the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company rank among the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company are the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank, comparable to...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 9- The World Bank said on Friday it expected the Russian economy to contract by 0.7 percent in 2015 in its new baseline scenario before growing by 0.3 percent in 2016.. The new baseline, or most likely scenario, assumes an average oil price of $78 per barrel for 2015 and of $80 per barrel for 2016.. "Investment is projected to contract for a third year in a row...

  • WORLD BANK SAYS IN NEW BASELINE SCENARIO RUSSIAN ECONOMY WILL CONTRACT BY 0.7 PCT IN 2015, GROW 0.3 PCT IN 2016.

  • The sukuk from the International Finance Facility for Immunization Co, for which the World Bank acts as treasury manager, is a break from the predominantly commercial nature of most Islamic finance transactions. The deal is part of World Bank efforts to adapt sukuk for use in a variety of ethical pursuits, including advising the Dubai government on a funding...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- Colombia's government rewarded children who showed up for school in Bogota with cash payments for their families, an attempt to reduce high school drop-out rates and encourage university attendance. But the program was less effective until the government made a tweak: some families would receive smaller regular sums and get a bigger payout...

  • CARACAS, Dec 2- The World Bank's international arbitration panel will not decide this year whether to take up Venezuela's request for a revision of an award that ordered it to pay Exxon Mobil Corp in compensation for oil projects nationalized in 2007, a lawyer for the country told Reuters on Tuesday. The International Center for Settlement of Investment...

  • Some climate change impacts unavoidable - World Bank Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    OSLO, Nov 23- Some future impacts of climate change, such as more extremes of heat and sea level rise, are unavoidable even if governments act fast to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank said on Sunday. "This means that climate change impacts such as extreme heat events may now be simply unavoidable," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told a telephone news...

  • The campaign- backed by money transfer company, Transfer Wise- is the latest push for more transparency by companies in London which are trying to eat into margins on transactions the World Bank says average as much as nine percent. Transfer Wise laid out research from the World Bank and the Charterhouse agency which showed that banks and other traditional...

  • NEW DELHI/ SEOUL, Nov 6- India is hoping a new China- backed multilateral lender will fund coal-based energy projects, an official said, putting it in direct conflict with the World Bank, whose chief has maintained that it would stick to its restrictions on such lending. A senior Indian official told Reuters the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, sponsored by...

  • *China can lower 2015 economic growth target to 7 pct- World Bank. BEIJING, Oct 29- China can cut its economic growth target to 7 percent next year without hurting its labour market, the World Bank said on Wednesday even as it urged Beijing to get rid of rigid growth objectives. At its thrice-yearly review of the Chinese economy, the World Bank warned China against...

  • BEIJING, Oct 29- China can afford to cut its 2015 economic growth target to 7 percent and still keep its labour market healthy, the World Bank said on Wednesday, even as it urged Beijing to stop setting rigid growth objectives. "Our policy message is the focus should be on reforms rather than meeting specific growth targets," Karlis Smits, a senior economist at the...

  • Tajikistan most improved in World Bank business ranks Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 28- Tajikistan made the greatest strides in business-friendly reforms in the past year, part of an overall trend of improving business regulations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the World Bank said in a report released on Tuesday. In general, 85 percent of countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have made it easier to do business in...

  • Development lenders pledge $8 bln to Horn of Africa Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    ADDIS ABABA, Oct 27- Global development lenders, including the World Bank, African Development Bank and European Union, pledged more than $8 billion on Monday to boost economic growth and reduce poverty in eight countries in the Horn of Africa. The region, which includes Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan, includes some of the...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 24- Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China- backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders. China's $50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is seen as a challenge to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank,...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 24- Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China- backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders. China's proposed $50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is seen as a challenge to the World Bank and Asian...

  • ANALYSIS-Africa set to switch on gas-to-power potential Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    *World Bank, Barack Obama behind "Power Africa" legacy. JOHANNESBURG, Oct 16- Africa's under used gas reserves, either exported or burnt away into the sky, are set to play a big role in stemming the continent's crippling electricity void, a shift that should boost economies and small-cap energy firms. Driven by huge recent finds in East Africa, sub-Saharan gas...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 13- Russia's VTB Bank will slightly reduce its presence in London and the rest of Western Europe but keep its core operations there, the bank's chief executive said. "We will of course shrink our structure in London and Western Europe, but it will only be slightly," VTB CEO Andrei Kostin told reporters on the sidelines of the IMF and World Bank meetings...

  • *Japan shut for holiday, China trade data in focus. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent, extending last week's 1.1 percent drop. At an International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting in Washington on Saturday, IMF member countries called for bold action to bolster the global economic recovery and flagged Europe as a...