Country Awards 2014 write-ups: Day 2

Why FinanceAsia editors chose the award-winners. Day 2 covers Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

KOREA


BEST BANK 
Busan Bank

It is perhaps surprising to see a regional bank take this award, rather than a Hana, Kookmin or Shinhan. Comparing a Busan Bank to one of the majors is to compare apples to oranges. Or is it

The big policy theme of Park Geun-hye, president of the Republic of Korea, is to support small- and medium-sized businesses. Her agenda is to level the playing field so these companies can flourish amidst the great chaebol, which tend to suck up the best resources, including talent, technology and capital.

It is a good year,...

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