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    Korn - Global finance minister of the year

    Finance Minister of the Year 2010 - Global and Asia-Pacific



    Strong nerves and creative strategies have characterised the best-performing finance ministers over the past 12 months. Here The Banker recognises those whose will and skill have proved outstanding at tackling the immediate effects of the slump while positioning their countries for future growth.




    Korn Chatikavanij, Finance minister of Thailand

    Finance Minister of the Year, Global and Asia-Pacific

    Korn Chatikavanij, Thailand
    A former JPMorgan banker, Korn Chatikavanij, Thailand's recently appointed finance minister, only entered the political fray in 2005, ascending to the role of Thailand's finance minister in December 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis.
    Against a backdrop of ongoing domestic political upheaval, Mr Chatikavanij has safely steered the Thai economy through the worst of the global financial crisis by rolling out a range of vigorous fiscal stimulus measures, amounting to more than $61.2bn, as well as boosting long-term government spending on infrastructure projects.

    Despite its robust fiscal response to the crisis, however, Mr Chatikavanij's ministry has succeeded in containing the budget deficit at a forecast 4.6% for 2009, with a projected rapid decline in the deficit starting in 2011. While gross domestic product for 2009 has contracted by about 3.5%, it is due to bounce back, reaching a solid 3.7% growth for 2010, according to the International Monetary Fund.
    Although Thailand has enjoyed a speedy return to full health, Mr Chatikavanij remains committed to diversifying the country's economic base. During the past year he has unveiled far-reaching plans to reduce exports as a share of GDP by boosting domestic consumption and increasing funding possibilities for businesses by allowing more foreign ownership of banks, as well as undertaking major domestic capital market reform. Despite his short tenure in office, Mr Chatikavanij has introduced an active and extensive reform programme that has succeeded in putting Thailand's economic policy back on track after several years of economic paralysis and frequent government changes.

    But his achievements are not confined to Thailand. A strong believer that south-east Asian nations must work harder to jointly publicise, integrate and market their products and services, Mr Chatikavanij has become a leading spokesperson for south-east Asia as whole, promoting openness and modernisation among the major south-east Asian economies. In a strategic move to capitalise upon the region's growing economic power, Mr Chatikavanij has led efforts to forge greater co-operation among Asian nations, in particular the economies of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN).

    Among his major achievements in this regard stands the ASEAN electronic trading link-up, unveiled in February 2009, which aims to create a single point of access through which local and foreign investors can trade listed south-east Asian securities cross-border, thereby establishing ASEAN markets as an asset-class. Due to go live in 2010, the initiative serves as a critical foundation for the increased integration of ASEAN capital markets. As such, Mr Chatikavanij has pioneered a vision of south-east Asia as a single economic community that may, in due course, become a major global trading block.

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    ThaiCrisis most often thinks completely the opposite. Let's see how far the current goons-in-charge will take Thailand.

    Don't hold your breath, they're all useless.

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    dunno about Watty, he has the look sound and smell of someone that knows what he's about.
    Born in the UK to an prominent Thai family, he attended Winchester College and He then went on to read politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) at St. John's College, Oxford University and graduated with honours.
    Doesn't make him a genius, but formerly Warburgs & JPM, He's not as stupid as the many of the old lumbering dinosaurs he's surrounded by. Lets hope he has the political will to rise above them,
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    This fellow has excellent background credentials, before getting involved in politics - sure. Some of his ideas, for instance:

    During the past year he has unveiled far-reaching plans to
    (1) reduce exports as a share of GDP by boosting domestic consumption and
    (2) increasing funding possibilities for businesses by allowing more foreign ownership of banks, as well as
    (3) undertaking major domestic capital market reform.
    Point (1) is not sustainable for Thailand at this stage of their growth trajectory;
    Point (2)... welcome China...
    Point (3) - nice words - what does this mean in practice & how will it strengthen Thailand's economic engine?

    Nice words, that bankers seem to like hearing. The fact that Thailand is intent on borrowing lots of money would endear Korn to the banking system - to be sure. They need to humour him to get paid.

    The main problem for Thailand, at the moment, is continuity of tenure. Once Korn's gone, what next?

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    Don't like to burst the bubble. But I also decide on this type of 'awards' dished out by my magazine.

    I think its fair to say that the thought process behind such honours is not very rigorous.

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    I think Korn is a pretty good finance minister, he does his job pretty well and keeps out of factional politics. One of the few competent people in Government.

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    The protocol is that having received an award, the recipient buys a ticket for a dinner where he comes and collects it. Better still his organisation buys a table for 12.

    Chicken or fish at the dinner.

    The trophies are made in China.......on ours the little inscribed plate tends to fall off after awhile. It costs US$300 to order extra replica trophies.

    Then if they're really playing the game, they buy an advert in the next issue. (or at least a subscription)

    This is the long and the short of it insofar as magazine awards go.

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    The Banker Magazine eh? Would have thought Crooked Geitner would be their global pinup boy for funneling the most tax payer money to the most corrupt people on the face of the planet who stuffed up their own businesses though unmitigated greed and incompetence and yet got...bailed out by the government at 100 cents on the dollar, go Timmy.Wonder why Goldman Sachs people are buying hand guns? Truly a mystery.

    Now if Banskers are lauding Korn then he must also be completely corrupt and purely serving their interests. Think i will definitely move my money to Singapore. Thanks OP for the warning.

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