Watch experts speak on the opportunity that awaits investors in SE Asia’s frontier markets

Clockwise from top-left: Deepshikha Monga, Thura Ko, Honorio Poblador IV, David Ireland.

Southeast Asian frontier markets provide immense opportunities and huge growth potential for investors but there is a need to build better infrastructure to support this growth, said panelists at DealStreetAsia’s PE-VC Summit 2020 organised in November.

“There is a need to invest in logistics and to look into the interoperability of [various online] platforms, and the interoperability of banking platforms,” said Thura Ko managing director of the Yangon-based advisory firm YGA Capital Ltd at the session titled “The Opportunity in Frontier Markets“.

Investing in underlying infrastructure is needed for the digital economy to be successful, said co-panelist Honorio Poblador IV (Nori), who is managing partner of the Philippines-based Navegar fund.

This becomes pertinent in countries like Cambodia where “the connectivity has to be there. There has to be big investment into that…to be able to allow their citizens to benefit from the opportunities,” said David Ireland who is a partner at Southeast Asia-focused private equity Navis Capital Partners.

Watch the video of their chat here:

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.