The impact of intra-regional investment

Foreign direct investment is proving a catalyst for expansion in Asian markets. New financing sources and incubation hubs are designed to drive innovation and meet diversifying customer demand, particularly in South East Asia, which is attracting strong private and state investment from Asia’s pillar economies of China, India, Japan and Korea. 

Intra-regional investment is bringing new ideas to new marketplaces, encouraging local entrepreneurs and innovators, forging new partnerships, and creating new service models and supply chains. Private sector investments in healthcare are designed to support governmental policies that broaden public access to medical treatments, particularly in emerging markets. These funding flows are often facilitated by favorable fiscal policies and incentives offered by governments to construct new pathways to future growth and prosperity.

This transnational funding is not just acquiring new companies and technologies, and tapping expanding customer bases. It is also being channelled into infrastructure projects, ranging from airports to ports to highways and railways, that provide enhanced transportation corridors to domestic and cross-border markets. 

Beyond Asia, increased capital flows from east to west and west to east are making the planet more financially interconnected than ever. Chinese banks, for example, are opening new branches worldwide as the government seeks a more global role for the Yuan to support the expansion plans of Chinese businesses. South East Asian’s strongest banks are also securing visible positions in major cities across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.