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  1. Tide is turning for euro-zone reforms

    Posted Jul 22nd 2003, 12:00am by John Kohut

    ... conflicts' as further reform bills go to the national legislature. Meanwhile, smaller nations in the 12-nation euro zone are furious that to finance reforms, Germany and France are breaking the rules ... and costly French healthcare system. Although saving only 42 million euros (HK$369 million) out of a 20 billion euro social security budget, critics see it as a step towards privatisation ...

  2. Euro-zone reforms facing obstacles

    Posted Jul 22nd 2003, 12:00am by John Kohut

    ... 'social conflicts' on the horizon as further reform bills make their way to the national legislature. Meanwhile, smaller nations in the 12-nation euro-zone are furious that to finance ... pharmaceuticals from the list of drugs eligible for reimbursement under the generous and costly French health-care system. Although saving only 42 million euros (HK$369 million) out of a 20 billion euro ...

  3. Asia's cash hoarders show crisis mindset

    Posted Oct 29th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... their currencies, which had generally been rigged at artificially strong levels. That attempt inevitably failed, of course, and the result was the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98. Now they are doing ... 1 last year, which we shall take as the peak of US dollar strength, the Australian dollar has risen by 37.8 per cent against its US counterpart and the euro by 36.5 per cent. Then you get pound ...

  4. Weaker dollar has benefits

    Posted Dec 12th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... they would see 'huge depreciation' against the euro, and the Australian and New Zealand dollars, given that most Asian economies were still linked to the United States currency. Since ... of corporate capital spending, ING projects. 'There has been very little corporate investment in Asia since the financial crisis but that will reverse in 2004,' Mr Rosgen said. This should ...

  5. Peg poses problem for prudent protector

    Posted Nov 14th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... was always resolved to end that anomaly. It decided not to do so in 1997 and 1998 because a weakening of the rate to its peg level might exacerbate worries during the Asian financial crisis ... up or down sharply too and soon bring the inflows or outflows back into balance. Estonia does it that way with a currency board peg against the euro. But then Estonia is not a world financial ...

  6. Euro-Asia secures $30m offer as deadline looms

    Posted Nov 13th 2003, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... according to a source familiar with the liquidation. A suitor for Euro-Asia Agriculture (Holdings), which has been suspended from trading for more than 13 months, could be announced as soon ... be enough to settle half of the $60 million Euro-Asia owes its principal bank creditors in Hong Kong- BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) subsidiary Chiyu Banking Corp and HSH Nordbank of Germany, which may ...

  7. Euro's strength buoys growth of air freight

    Posted Dec 31st 2003, 12:00am by Annette Chiu

    ... Annette Chiu Surging demand from Europe has supported robust air freight growth this year, thanks in part to increased buying power accompanying a strengthening euro, according to industry ... by cargo tonne kilometres, surged 36.2 per cent. 'I think the air freight market will continue to grow next year. The strong euro will continue to stimulate China exports,' an airline ...

  8. Agricultural IPO shrugs off trouble at Euro-Asia

    Posted Dec 31st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... This is despite the spectacular scandal surrounding orchid grower Euro-Asia Agricultural (Holdings), now in provisional receivership after it was discovered to have inflated its revenue by a factor of 20 ...

  9. Euro-Asia's liquidators racing against time to find a saviour

    Posted Nov 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu The firm will lose its Hong Kong listing if a proposal is not ready by next May The court-appointed provisional liquidators of Euro-Asia Agricultural (Holdings) face a race against time to find a knight in shining armour to save the disgraced main board firm from losing its listing. Euro-Asia's delisting could deprive it of its most valuable assets in Hong Kong ...

  10. Delay move on Euro-Asia

    Posted Sep 18th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Provisional liquidators have asked for eight more months to find buyers for the assets of Euro-Asia Agricultural (Holdings), extending the wait of two Hong Kong banks seeking to recover ... provisional liquidators. The move was supported by Chiyu Banking Corp, a BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) subsidiary, which petitioned to have Euro-Asia wound up after Yang Bin, who controls Euro ...




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