Vietnamese firm offers lessons in ‘competing with giants’

The family-owned Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group hopes to increase its revenue to US$3 billion by 2027 – and its focus is almost entirely on targeting consumers in an increasingly sophisticated domestic market By Kenny Hodgart   We’re sitting by the ocean, a wayward thump of a beach volleyball from one of Danang’s swankier resorts, … Continue reading Vietnamese firm offers lessons in ‘competing with giants’

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Stock surge putting Asia’s frontier markets on the map

Investors are increasingly looking beyond the region’s heavyweights and placing their bets on lesser-known sectors, hoping to cash in on rising tides of economic growth and maturing demographics By Nick Westra   Investors in Asia are increasingly looking beyond the region’s heavyweights and placing their bets on lesser-known frontier markets, hoping to cash in on … Continue reading Stock surge putting Asia’s frontier markets on the map

Will Obor really reach Southeast Asia?

China has dangled various rich infrastructure initiatives to the region, but few so far have commenced due to tussles over costs, labour and sovereignty By Richard Javad Heydarian Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged at least US$113 billion in additional funds for his US$1.3 trillion One Belt, One Road (Obor) initiative, also known as the new … Continue reading Will Obor really reach Southeast Asia?

Chinese ‘taking over’ Malaysia in 20 years, politician warns

‘What is there to prevent China from owning all of our strategic assets like airports, ports and railways?’ asks Zaid Ibrahim By Johan Nylander, @johannylander   China has overtaken Singapore as the largest investor in Malaysia, while thousands of mainland Chinese are taking advantage of the Southeast Asian nation’s generous long-stay visa for wealthy foreigners. Now, … Continue reading Chinese ‘taking over’ Malaysia in 20 years, politician warns

Philippines – ‘Dutertenomics’ envisions a golden age

Manila has announced ambitious new infrastructure spending plans, an unprecedented US$173 billion fiscal push to catapult competitiveness and growth   By Joel Adriano The Philippines has announced ambitious new infrastructure spending plans, an unprecedented fiscal push President Rodrigo Duterte’s champions are referring to as “Dutertenomics.” The plan, described by socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia as … Continue reading Philippines – ‘Dutertenomics’ envisions a golden age