The Banking & Insurance sector – often referred to as the lifeblood of the real economy – is of vital importance in the modern credit-driven economic growth model. Among its functions are intermediation between savers and borrowers, ensuring funds are allocated efficiently; support of payment and settlement systems that facilitate trade and international economic relations; and provision of various products that mitigate risk and uncertainty. The accelerating pace of technological change, stricter regulation and shifting consumer habits are reshaping the traditional banking model and pushing the sector towards innovation-led growth.
Activities associated with Banking & Insurance are depositary and non-depositary credit intermediation and related activities, investment banking, securities brokerage, commodity contracts dealing and diverse financial investment activities. The sector also includes insurers, re-insurers and insurance brokerages, pension funds, health and welfare funds, monetary authorities, stock exchanges, and collection and credit agencies.
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Indonesia is home to the largest automotive market in Southeast Asia. Nearly 7.5mn motor vehicles were sold in the country in 2019. More than two thirds of these, however, were two-wheelers. Low incomes make passenger-car ownership difficult for most ...View more details
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Chile is a relatively small economy, ranking 43rd globally and fifth in Latin America in 2019 according to the IMF. However, its retail sector is well developed, mature and sophisticated, and in many aspects on a par with those of developed countries ...View more details
The extraction of oil and gas is one of Argentina’s main economic sectors, accounting for 8% of GDP and 2.5% of exports in 2019, as well as 1% of total employment at the end of that year. After a decade of underinvestment, the production of ...View more details
The electric power generated revenue of PLN 133.5bn in 2018, which was equivalent to 6.3% of Poland's GDP. In 2019, electricity generation dropped by 3.5% y/y to 145 TWh, while consumption decreased by 0.7% y/y to 154.7 TWh. As a result, for the ...View more details
The metallic and non-metallic mineral mining sector generated 1.3% of Poland’s GDP in 2018 and provided employment to 14,960 persons. The main non-coal minerals extracted in Poland are copper, silver, zinc and lead, as well as many industrial ...View more details