Vietnam, Korea sign VKFTA, plan to triple trade turnover

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The Vietnam – Korea Free Trade Agreement (VKFTA) was signed on May 5, after two years of negotiation. It has widened the door for both countries to become each other’s major trade partner. VKFTA is the first completed bilateral free trade agreement between Vietnam and its trade partners, that was… Read more »

Saudi Aramco restructing to impact Keppel & SembCorp

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Saudi Arabia is planning to restructure Saudi Aramco, the largest energy company in the world. A state-owned enterprise (SOE) that produces more than 10 per cent of global oil output, its restructuring has implications for the oil & gas industry worldwide. Driven by the need to separate it from the Saudi petroleum ministry and make it… Read more »


Will China’s South China Sea belligerence impact ASEAN investment?

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While Chinese investment in Southeast Asia has been growing, a vital part of this relationship is yet to be resolved – Chinese belligerence in the South China Sea. In particular, China has engaged in belligerence with the key ASEAN markets of Vietnam and the Philippines over maritime territory. According to a… Read more »


Prospects and pitfalls in a growing Indonesia

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The pace of expansion in Indonesia’s economy has slowed recently. Nevertheless, the infrastructure space and the construction industry is set to see a continued growth, with investment in infrastructure projects to be the main driver of growth. This kind of growth comes significant pitfalls that need to be factored into calculations, according… Read more »


Singapore’s INTRACO: A case study on role of ASEAN’s govt-linked cos

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The ASEAN countries are experiencing a growth surge, unprecedented since before the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. In this scenario,  Singapore’s strategies and public policies with regards to building government-linked companies (GLCs) such as DBS Bank and Singapore Airlines – as viable regional and global brands – may be instrumental in shaping the way… Read more »


Vietnam opens door to aviation investment, local investors rush in

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As par of the new policies that are driving the economic change in Vietnam, state-owned companies are being listed, with private investors being given the opportunity to invest in major transportation infrastructure, through these listings. The country’s minister of transport, Dinh La Thang, has estimated that capital requirements for aviation infrastructure development… Read more »


Will policy entrepreneurship help Singapore’s startup ecosystem, stay relevant?

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Rising competition from neighbouring countries is challenging Singapore’s attractiveness as a business destination and an entrepreneurial hub with a  with a world class startup ecosystem. Its reputation as a centre for multiple business clusters has generated significant benefits and synergies for the city-state. This and the fact that it still is the densest startup ecosystem in the… Read more »


Vietnam’s PE market to drive economic growth

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Vietnam’s private equity (PE) market is growing at a fast pace. In fact, PE investment has been one of the more significant drivers behind the country’s recent economic growth, says consulting group Grant Thornton. A young population and a burgeoning middle class are the main reason for the flow of investment, though not all of it… Read more »


ASEAN could replace China as manufacturing and consumption hub

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Southeast Asia has the potential to replace China as the global manufacturing centre between now and now and 2030, according to a research report from ANZ Bank, titled “ASEAN: The Next Horizon“. The report highlights the potential of ASEAN, driven by growing economic integration, favourable demographics, low labour costs and geo-strategic position between Europe, Africa and North… Read more »


Vietnam’s railway sector to open to private investors

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The Vietnamese railway sector has opened its doors for private sector investment, surrendering its monopoly, in line with the country’s other transportation segments, like the air transport and the seaports. The Ministry of Transport, the leading authority in privatising state-owned enterprises, recently met several businesses to discuss the possibility of… Read more »