Governance

...but aims high

But Mboweni has received political support - which is valuable since, some say, he has his eyes on the presidency when current president Thabo Mbeki's term ends in 2009 (Mboweni's current term ends in 2004).

Gerashchenko into politics

The global political establishment can now boast a couple more ex-heavyweight central bank governors to their number: Viktor Gerashchenko from Russia and Bimal Jalan from India. Gerashchenko, who resigned from Russia's central bank in March 2002 citing…

Jalan too

Bimal Jalan, having ceded power at the central bank to the capable hands of YV Reddy, will slip into what will surely be no less lively an occupation. He has now been nominated to the upper house of Parliament (contrasting with Gerashchenko who is to…

Afghan treasure hunt

Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady, the central bank governor in Afghanistan, has been on a treasure hunt - and was not disappointed. Together with the country's president, finance minister and justice minister, he descended into the subterranean expanse that lies…

Greenback's end...

The end of the greenback is nigh! On October 9 a new and improved version of what has hitherto been affectionately known as the "greenback" will enter into circulation, but the new $20 note will not actually be green. The background is to be a shade of …

...and Howard's end

Sir Howard Davies, who leaves the UK's Financial Services Authority at the end of this week to take up the job of head of the London School of Economics, sensibly ducks questions about whether he wanted to be governor of the Bank of England.

All's well in the euro zone

Contrary to incessant and repetitive media mutterings about the sickly euro zone economy, it would seem that in fact all is well. So well, in fact, that the ECB has decided that there is really no need for its forthcoming fortnightly meeting because…

Bank of Japan at the cutting edge

Toshihiko Fukui, Japan's central bank governor, keeps up with the times. He openly admits to entertaining his runaway addiction to the latest in mobile phone technology and is shortly to experience the unbridled pleasure of getting the NTT DoCoMo 505i…

Philippine central bankers to defend integrity

Four senior officials at the central bank in the Philippines, including the governor Rafael Buenaventura and his deputy Alberto Reyes, are getting heat from lawmen, accused of being "administratively liable of gross neglect of duty".

Cricketing King's unlikely heroes

When Mervyn King was the guest of honour last week at the lunch-time chat on BBC Radio 4's cricket programme "Test Match Special", he revealed his affection for - and knowledge of - the game as well as a certain ambition for socialite status. The…

Zimbabwe's central bankers urged to go

Things aren't getting any less desperate in Zimbabwe, which is in the thick of a crippling cash crisis, now that parliament is demanding that the central bank management just leave.

Donald Winn passes away

Fed old-timer Donald Winn sadly died at the age of 66 with pancreatic cancer after faithfully serving the central bank for almost half of his life. With 30 years on the clock, Winn had proved a precious asset to no less than four chairmen, in charge of…

Interview: Rene Smits

A recent little-noticed ruling by the European Court of Justice could have far-reaching implications for the European Central Bank. The former legal counsel at the Netherlands Bank discusses the consequences of this for ECB finances and governance, and…

Greenspan holds his own

In his recent testimony to Congress, Alan Greenspan has "reached a new low" according to a certain Congressman Sanders. By apparently suggesting that manufacturing doesn't matter, Greenspan had "insulted tens of millions of American workers".

Franco faces new accusations

Oh, this fickle world! Once praised by his compatriots for his hand in hauling Brazil out of the mire in 1997, and even named central banker of the year by Euromoney as a consequence, the tide has turned for Gustavo Franco.

New vice-governor in Belgium

Seasoned politician Luc Coene has been appointed as the new vice-governor of the National Bank of Belgium. He was previously the prime minister Guy Verhofstadt's right hand man, acting among other things as his chief of staff.

An original career change

After a career in central banking, what is there left? A certain feeling of emptiness has been known to haunt ex-central bankers, which some have attempted to relieve by immersing themselves in academic studies, while others have resorted to the soothing…

Finance minister becomes governor in Peru

How will Javier Silva measure up as the new governor of Peru's central bank? Previously the country's finance minister, Silva stepped into the breach to replace Richard Webb after the latter's resignation on account of unworkable disagreements between…

New Serbian governor asserts independence

Did the Serbian government give Mladjan Dinkic the boot because of his questionable running of the central bank? If so, his successor won't last long. Energy minister Kori Udovicki who has been chosen to take his place told the Financial Times, "I will…

Another one for the ladies

CentralBankNet notes that Udovicki's appointment pushes the number of the world's lady central bank governors a little more comfortably into double figures, now numbering a still rather paltry eleven. She joins Bodil Nyboe Andersen as Europe's only other…

Meltzer magic

Allan Meltzer and the dear old Bretton Woods twins haven't always been on the best of terms. As he told Central Banking journal barely a year and a half a go: the world bank's inefficiencies were a "scandal"; in many of its activities it "contributes…

Macfarlane goes for a decade

Ian Macfarlane, the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, is buckling down for another term - but not a full one. At the age of 57, it seems that the prospect of another whole seven-year term would have been a bit much, so he put a bid in for a…

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