AFTA Tax advantage: Thai automobile cos foray into Vietnam

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The prospective economic integration of the ASEAN through the AEC and the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), is already changing the dynamics of the Vietnam automobile industry. A potential high growth consumer market, Vietnam has begun to attract Thai automobile manufacturers who are not only planning to export Thai-made cars but… Read more »

Myanmar airport expansion plans take off

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Growing international traffic is driving a rapid expansion of Myanmar’s major airport network as it works to keep up with overseas arrivals. In February, Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) announced that work on the new Hanthawaddy International Airport, located 70 kilometres outside of Yangon, would begin next year, with… Read more »


ASEAN set for a possible infrastructure boom?

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The ASEAN Master Plan for Connectivity (AMPC) and China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative  are highly convergent in their interests of developing transport connectivity facilitating better access for trade, capital flows, tourism and human capital exchanges.This requires a system of roads and railways to link contiguous ASEAN countries and maritime infrastructure for RoRo (roll-on roll-off) vessels… Read more »


Vietnam en route to become one of four largest ASEAN’s economies

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Vietnam is the rising star of the ASEAN community and the most attractive destination for investment. With economic growth on a solid path, the country aims to transcend the ASEAN-6 countries (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) and catch up with the ASEAN-4 that include, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the… Read more »


More Russian capital to flow into Vietnam with FTA?

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A recent diplomatic visit by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Vietnam and Thailand may signal an increase in Russian capital flowing into Vietnamese and Thai markets, suggests a report by The Diplomat. In the wake of the Crimea Incident, amid increasing economic isolation from Western markets, Russia finalised a SU$400 billion energy deal with… Read more »


Singaporean investments in Myanmar see significant increase

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The amount of FDI flowing into Myanmar from Singapore has seen a significant increase in recent years. Investment by Singapore organisations in Myanmar has risen 41.5 percent from 2012, hitting $311.4 million in 2013, with a focus on urban development, connectivity and finance, according to Lai Shu Ying, the Southeast Asia director of International… Read more »


Is Singapore’s government adapting Israeli innovation policy?

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Singapore has emerged as a major startup destination due to its supportive business environment, infrastructure and rising concentration of wealth. The emergence of this ecosystem has been mostly facilitated by the government policies; which show a clear influence of the Israeli-Singapore relationship Israel and Singapore have a long common history. Beside its role in shaping Singapore’s military… Read more »


Vietnam emerging as strong alternative to traditional outsourcing markets

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Driven by lower costs and an explosion of technology startups, Vietnam has surpassed India and China, to emerge as one of the top Asian locations for global outsourcing sector. Leading the trend is Vietnam’s based FPT Software, which is one of the top 100 global outsourcing provider. In 2014 alone, the company won a deal with the… Read more »


Are ASEAN markets prepared for BDCs?

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With the entry of Goldman Sachs into the world of business development corporations (BDCs) and the surging growth that the emerging markets of ASEAN are undergoing, are the investment ecosystems and capital markets of Southeast Asia’s fragmented economies prepared for them? According to Investing Answers: ” A business development company (BDC) is a designation… Read more »


Invest ASEAN 2015: Opportunities galore in the ASEAN region

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By all indicators, the markets of Southeast Asia (i.e. ASEAN), are awash with opportunities, whether you’re an entrepreneur, venture capitalist or private equity professional. Simply put, the stars are aligned and the constellation of indicators suggest great profit and promise, especially given the wave of disruptive technologies entering the region… Read more »