Taking a look at the recent Asia Pacific GDP growth statistics you could be forgiven for thinking that there are storm clouds on the horizon. All the major countries in the region have had their GDP forecasts revised downwards.
Singapore has experienced a shift in capital over the past five years, with more money flowing into non-residential strata properties as investors start to view them as an alternative to residential properties.
Intellectual property laws are still weak throughout Southeast Asia, despite some countries stepping up measures for better protection of trademarks and patents. However, counterfeit goods seem to remain an ever-thriving industry.
Over the past five years, Bangkok has welcomed 1.25 million square meters of new retail space, an increase of nearly 25 per cent, bringing the Thai capital much closer towards its goal of being a shoppers’ paradise.
The news about the growth of the Philippine economy is also positively affecting the Philippine property market. Heightened confidence is expected to fuel the growth of property-related demand in the short- to medium-term.
The dispute over the South China Sea is no longer limited to regional claimants and could threaten the stability of the entire Southeast Asia region, if diplomatic efforts between China, the Philippines and the US fail.
While Southeast Asia is certainly a strong economic force, some countries in the region are struggling to train and educate their people, not because of a lack of attention to the matter, but because of limited budgets.
Currency movements can make a significant effect on real estate returns, especially with the Euro area continuing to cause uncertainty in global markets. Property experts take a look at ten Asia Pacific office markets.
Indonesia’s lagging 2012 stock performance looks nothing like its stellar 2011 track record yet - but is the country truly on the way down or is it time to take advantage of low valuations? Citigroup sees 15 per cent upside potential for the rest of the year.
Southeast Asian countries are putting more and more emphasis on green projects specifically in key areas of carbon reduction technology, energy efficiency, renewable energy, organic farming and green buildings.
The growth of social media has created change in the way business news is produced and consumed, and we will possibly see a real diversification in the way business news is created and disseminated, e.g. in online forums.
The tiny Southeast Asian nation of East Timor plans to upgrade its infrastructure with state investments of up to $1 billion in 2012 from oil and gas revenue and attract foreign investors to engage in public-private partnerships.
The development of capital markets in Malaysia has brought about the expansion of services of Malaysia’s investment banks across equity capital markets, debt capital markets, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), and syndicated loans.
Internet use in Malaysia grew 40 per cent in the first half of 2011. And with vast potential for online penetration in Sarawak, investors are being encouraged to become involved in one of the globe’s greatest internet growth areas.