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Business 11 Nov 2003 | 12:00 AM

Court to rule on France's decade-long Elf scandal

Political kickbacks, luxury villas bought with public money, illegal party funding. The corruption trial surrounding oil company Elf has already tarnished the French establishment and ruined careers.

Business 11 Nov 2003 | 12:00 AM

China's reforms loosening government control over state assets

The government is relaxing its grip on state-owned assets as it reforms inefficient public companies but is struggling to sell assets without harming shareholders, a senior official said Tuesday.

Business 03 Nov 2003 | 12:00 AM

Kazakhstan economy open to FDIs

KAZAKHSTAN#146;s Almaty commercial and financial capital is so lush with poplars and hedges that it requires serious head and body contortions to get a peek into the shops.

Business 19 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Habits of model leadership

A PERSON who speaks two languages is bilingual, one who speaks three is trilingual, said management guru Dr Stephen Covey at the beginning of his three hour-talk in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Business 19 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Arm leaders with code of ethics


Business 05 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Holistic approach to governance

Many people view corporate governance as a means by which organisations can ensure their activities do not put at risk a key feature of business, that of reputation.

Business 22 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Big success in a few respects

THE adage #147;Don#146;t judge a book by its cover#148; seems to be a clichéd way to begin a book review, but it is an especially apt lesson for yours truly, in reviewing I>BIG In Asia: 25 Strategies for Business Success/I(Palgrave Macmillan).

Business 27 Aug 2003 | 12:00 AM

Philippine finance secretary says politics harming economy

Finance Secretary Jose Isidro Camacho said Wednesday that recent political turmoil that has preoccupied Filipinos is pushing down the value of the Philippine currency and dampening the economy.

Business 18 Aug 2003 | 12:00 AM

Modern China through the eyes of Zhu Rongji

THE future of the Middle Kingdom has never been brighter. Health matters aside, initial investment (albeit with cautiously-paced efforts) at liberating China#146;s economy seems to have paid off and international organisations are realising what they have always suspected: that China is I>the/Iplace to do business.

Business 10 Aug 2003 | 12:00 AM

Slower growth for Singapore economy this year

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong says the Singapore economy is taking longer than usual to recover and has projected a slower growth of 0% to 1% this year.