Banking Reform in Russia: A Window of Opportunity?
47 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2003
Date Written: August 2003
Only a successful implementation of an overall reform program will enable Russian banks to provide financial intermediation and assist in the country's development from a nascent market economy to a mature financial system. The chances for reform are better now than at any time during the last decade. Favorable political and economic conditions and a change in attitude among bank management have created an unusual window of opportunity. The paper analyzes the past performance of the Russian banking industry, evaluates the reform agenda of the monetary authority, and argues for an overall reform program in order to seize the available opportunity.
Keywords: Russia, banking reform, transition
JEL Classification: G2, P3
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