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 »


Bitcoin, investment opportunities & Asian prospects

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For all of its challenges, there are compelling reasons to evaluate Bitcoin, a relatively new FinTech innovation. In fact, it holds tremendous promise and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs interested in exploring the space. Bitcoin (BTC) is a decentralised cryptocurrency and digital commodity money, operating on a bi-directional flow where its… Read more »


Vietnam to merge stock exchanges for increasing market competitiveness

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After executing a spate of mergers and acquisitions in the banking and the real estate sectors, Vietnam’s government is now considering the merger of its two independent stock exchanges. The consolidation of the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) and the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HOSE), was proposed by the Vietnam Association of… Read more »


New opportunities for Thai infrastructure investment

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Thailand recently signed bilateral agreements with Japan and China, to build two railway trunk lines across Thailand, said a report in The Diplomat, One line, built with Chinese loans and technology, will link Bangkok and Map Ta Phut in the Thai south through Laos to Kunming, Yunnan, in the north. This is… Read more »


Indonesian infrastructure presents strong market for private equity investments

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Indonesia that has been emerging as a strong market for private equity investment off late, has got a further boost with its government’s recent announcement of a $400 billion in infrastructure investments over the next five years. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is intent on centralising authorisation procedures to encourage private sector investment, cutting red… Read more »


Singapore’s F&B sector provides opportunities for entrepreneurial and M&A activity

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The food & beverage (F&B) sector is an industry that is never short of demand from consumers, making it an ideal investment opportunity. The city state of Singapore is renowned for its food scene, but below the surface, the dynamics are changing. And the change is rapid. A recent report in… Read more »


Despite limited scope, foreign alcohol flux sends shivers through industry

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After a quiet campaign against reselling imported foreign alcohol, the government announced an easing of restrictions from the new fiscal year, which starts in April. However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty over the future of the foreign alcohol in Myanmar. Foreign liquor is still unavailable at supermarkets…. Read more »


Chinese property slump may affect real estate in Myanmar

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China’s tumbling property market due to its sluggish growth is expected to have an impact on Myanmar’s booming property sector, a real estate portal said in its recent analysis. After decades of double-digit economic growth, China is seeing a decline in growth rates. According to the Chinese government’s economic statistics… Read more »


For countries investing in Myanmar, the selling point is often similarities

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Recently, a delegation of businesspeople and diplomats from South Africa held a series of events in Yangon. Their hope was to promote tourism in South Africa, find markets for food and other products in Yangon, and find potential investors in their own country.Throughout their talks, they spoke of the similarities… Read more »