Ranking Asia-Pacific’s finance ministers is designed to provide moral support to the success stories and to give a nudge to those who could do better, or at least prompt discussion among their constituency.
Finance ministers are responsible for government finances, fiscal policy and in some cases financial regulation.
With the help of many analysts, investors and bankers, whom we kept anonymous, our FinanceAsia team weighed each minister’s contribution to the budget and fiscal policy use and development of capital markets where applicable, structural reforms and regulation investor perceptions and that most intangible of things, independence.
Our rankings are therefore relative. A minister at...