Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines are surging ahead of their regional neighbors, with FDI increases of 17, 19 and 20.4 percent, respectively, in 2013, according to Bank of America Merill Lynch. Meanwhile, Singapore continues to receive the lion’s share of total FDI in the region, which last year grew five percent to a net value of nearly US$64 billion. The city-state’s attraction for foreign investors derives not only from its often overlooked manufacturing base, but also as a channel for routing FDI into other locations in ASEAN.
In this issue of Asia Briefing, we forecast the effects of ASEAN Economic Community on foreign investment into the region in the lead up to 2015. Following this, we highlight what is happening in some of ASEAN’s hottest industries for investment, including electronics, information and communications technology, textiles and medical devices.
There are a number of important ASEAN regional meetings taking place in September, including the General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly and the Forum on Good Governance.
There are a number of important ASEAN regional meetings taking place in August, including the 46th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting, the RCEP Ministers Meeting and the ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement Trade Negotiation Committee Meeting.
The less developed nature of business-related legislation in the ASEAN region means the dangers of intellectual property (IP) infringement are often great. In this article, we take a look at IP legislation across the ASEAN region and highlight important frameworks governing the protection of IP.
Last week, Thailand’s military government announced a series of emergency economic measures that will aim to breathe life into the country’s struggling economy.
There are a number of important ASEAN regional meetings taking place in June, including the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Dialogue, the ASEAN-Russia Senior Officials Meeting and the ASEAN-Japan STOM Leaders Conference.
The Government of Hong Kong has initiated a public consultation on the proposed free trade agreement between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. As the second largest trading partner in goods with Hong Kong, ASEAN receives the fifth largest inflow of FDI from Hong Kong. Despite this, the territory is not covered by the current China-ASEAN FTA that came into effect in 2010.
The Cambodian National Assembly approved changes to the country’s customs laws last week, marking another step towards achieving deeper integration within the ASEAN region.
There are a number of important ASEAN regional meetings taking place in May, including the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Joint Committee Meeting and the ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting.