Competition for infrastructure financing is heating up in Asia. China is investing billions in mega-infrastructure projects under President Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as designing new financing mechanisms beyond the Bretton Woods institutions. Against this backdrop, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) now faces the challenge of reforming itself and remaining competitive as.. read more →

ASEAN and South Asia are building infrastructure at an unprecedented rate. Anyone who travels the capital cities of this region knows it for a fact. Roads, railroads, bridges, ports and metros. All this construction is transforming the city centres and areas of economic activity, and the lives of 2.4 billion people. It is also connecting.. read more →

A comprehensive economic partnership between India, ASEAN and six Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners will likely take place in 2017, an External Affairs Ministry official said Kolkata on Tuesday. “A comprehensive economic partnership between India, ASEAN and six FTA partners is likely. We are hoping to complete it within this year,” Joint Secretary in the.. read more →

2016 Sep 20
September 20, 2016

Investing in Asean’s future

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Figures from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) show that foreign direct investment (FDI) to Asean fell by 8% last year to UScopy20 billion. Declines in FDI in services, cross-border. By Nareerat Wiriyapong, Acting Asia Focus Editor, 19 September 2016 read more →

THE majority of the Australian business community in Asean feel confident about the future and many have plans to expand, a survey on Wednesday showed. The Australian Business in Asean Survey 2016 found that over the past two years, 60 per cent of Australian businesses in the region have expanded their trade and investment and.. read more →