It was undoubtedly a difficult year to be a finance minister in Asia. Political shifts not only caused short-term bouts of volatility, but also led to questions about global trade. Private investment remains weak in many countries. Export demand was disappointing.
But it is during the tough times that finance ministers prove their ability.
FinanceAsia weighed up the best finance ministers in major economies across the region, looking at those who have made the best contribution to growth, helped balance their countries’ budgets, pushed for much-needed reforms or helped their nations appeal to international investors.
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