Asia’s great infrastructure build-out

Across Asia, vast and varied infrastructure needs are being addressed. Large-scale public spending in transport and cargo capacities is raising the volume of economic activity, improving competitiveness and enticing new investors across the region. The private sector is being courted to participate in infrastructure upgrade projects, as city and regional governments confront fiscal restrictions and budgetary pressures.

A pan-regional funding platform is also in place. Promulgated by China in 2013, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is based in Beijing. Its operational structure was ratified by 57 member countries in 2015 to focus on the development of energy and power, transport and telecommunications, rural infrastructure and agriculture, water supply and sanitation, environmental protection, urban development and logistics across Asia.

Seamlessly connecting companies, customers and consumers across Asia’s landlocked and island territories (click on icons): 

  • New airports under-construction in Yangon and Beijing
  • Planned “air cargo, logistics, aerospace and aviation services hub” in Kuala Lumpur
  • Terminal expansions in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and across India and China
Train and boat
  • Enhanced port facilities being developed in Sri Lanka and Indonesia
  • High-speed rail networks in Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan are set to be rolled out across Asia – including the proposed Singapore-Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta-Bandung and Bangkok-Chiang Mai projects
  • Vast prospective highways will connect transcontinental Asia
  • India plans to build a 1,400 km-long pan-South East Asian highway to boost trade with Myanmar and Thailand
  • A second phase would connect India by road with Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
Road and boat
  • China’s One Belt, One Road combines two new trade corridors, an overland Silk Road and a Maritime Silk Route, connecting it with Central Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe
  • Objective is to generate an extra USD 2.5 trillion in annual trade with the nations along the proposed routes in the next ten years

Alongside the physical infrastructure projects, a similarly expansive program of smart infrastructure development is underway to create more powerful and integrated communications platforms. Smart infrastructures comprise any technology that makes business processes more agile and effective through collecting, analyzing and segmenting big data. They improve the speed, security and efficiency of doing business by adding knowledge-driven immediacy to decision-making and reducing the time to market. 

Using smart infrastructures correctly can give companies a clear competitive advantage through higher efficiencies and superior standards of service – by letting them reduce inventories and operate just-in-time strategies, for example, but also by ensuring that the right products are available via the right channels at the right time (thanks to data-based automated replenishment and production planning).

Digitization and the Market Expansion Services Industry: Driving Omni-Channel Growth, DKSH’s Fourth Global Market Expansion Services Report