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ASEAN Economic Outlook Forum 2017

Amidst the global economic slowdown, ASEAN remains a promising region for trade and investments.

A growing middle income class, increasing regional integration propelled by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and a strong connection to China’s growth engine are set to fuel growth in Southeast Asia. With consumerism and infrastructure sectors to watch, how can companies harness the opportunities while overcoming potential pitfalls?

ASEAN Webinar Opportunities for your Business

With a population of 600 million and growth rate of 5%, ASEAN is a region brimming with potential. Ivan Tan, our Group Director for Southeast Asia & Oceania, and Jimmy Koh, UOB Managing Director & Head of Investor Relations and Research, recently conducted a webinar for Singapore companies to discuss Southeast Asia’s growth potential and what Singapore companies can do to capture the region’s opportunities.

ASEAN-INDIA Business Forum 2017

At IE Singapore’s ASEAN-INDIA Business Forum (AIBF) held earlier this month, business leaders, industry experts and policymakers gathered to discuss the ample business opportunities emerging in both India and Southeast Asia — and shared ideas on how Singapore companies can best leverage these opportunities through innovation, localisation and talent cultivation.

Asia's infrastructure

In our previous piece for the PFI Asia Special Report, we noted how different the world was from just one year ago. Another 12 months on, global economic growth remains subdued, but the need and impetus for infrastructure development remains strong.

Asia's Smart Infrastructure Hub

2017 is a year for cautious optimism. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has predicted that the global economy is set to grow 3.5% in 2017, picking up from 3% in 2016. Asia remains a bright sport for growth, with estimates for growth in the region increasing this year to 5.5% from 5.3% in 2016.

Asia-Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable 2016

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) like World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) recognise the infrastructure financing gap in Asia and are working together to enhance the investment climate. Some of these initiatives include championing innovative financial products that encourage private sector financing into this sector, working with federal governments to develop transparent and standardised regulatory processes, and working with municipal governments to develop infrastructure projects at city-level.

Asia-Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable 2017

The explosive demand for infrastructure over the next few years in Asia is set to create a unique growth opportunity for Singapore-based companies. And the Government intends to help local firms ride this wave of growth by increasing access to more competitive financing and building a strong talent pool for the sector, said Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran, at the opening of the Asia-Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable on 26 September.

China

Every five years, the Communist Party of China (CPC) writes a Five Year Plan (FYP) to set the country’s economic and social targets to be approved by National People’s Congress (NPC).

Leaders of the CPC met in Beijing on 26 Oct 2015 for a four-day Fifth Plenum session to discuss the 13th FYP. After taking into account the proposals, a final plan will be ratified by the annual session of NPC in March 2016.

China Foreign Investment Laws

On 3 Sep 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) issued the Decision on Revising the PRC Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise Law and Three Other Laws (“NPC Decision”), which revises the four main laws regulating foreign investors doing business in China.

China "Two Sessions" Lianghui 2017

China’s annual "Two Sessions" or “Lianghui” of 2017 – plenary meetings of the country’s top political, legislative and consultative bodies, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)1 and National People’s Congress (NPC)2 took place in Beijing on 3 and 5 March 2017 respectively.