Marchenko's prize

Grigori Marchenko, the unassuming but hugely competent governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, has received recognition for his instrumental role in turning his country into the most prosperous economy in the region by winning Euromoney's 2003 central bank governor of the year award.

His admirers - who are legion - refer to him as the Alan Greenspan of the CIS, and not without reason. But Marchenko, an engineer-turned-central banker, is not the kind to pay any attention to this kind of