Southeast Asia Insider

We like lists and McKinsey & Company’s latest report The archipelago economy: Unleashing Indonesia’s potential could have produced many lists to summarize its key points. We want to highlight just one. It is our observation that there is a knowledge gap, generally speaking, with respect to Indonesia. Even with its impressive economic growth over the…

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That inequitable distribution of wealth remains a major challenge to Indonesia’s overall economic growth is clear to anyone who has been to the archipelago country. As the continues to post +6% annual GDP growth, one report suggests that a substantial part of that growth is reflected among the existing wealthy class. Wealth-X’s World Ultra Wealth…

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Grant Thornton’s ASEAN International Business Report finds that business optimism slipped slightly in the region in Q2-2012, falling from net 27% to net 23%. While globally, business confidence picked up slightly to net 23%, up from net 19% in Q1-2012 on the back of “improvements in mainland China and the United States”. We aren’t so…

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The political and economic transformation of Myanmar is underway, yet as this story by Patrick Winn suggests, investors face numerous challenges. Winn, one of a handful of western journalists based in Southeast Asia, describes a real dilemma for those considering investment in Myanmar: While many inside the government and in private enterprise are welcoming foreign…

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There are many key findings in the American Chamber of Commerce’s ASEAN Business Outlook Survey that came out today; perceptions of economic outlook, ASEAN integration and FTAs, workforce expansion. Read the report and determine your own take aways. Perhaps most interesting to us, although not entirely surprising, was how bullish U.S. executives are about the region. How bullish? In a…

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One of the main findings of The Wealth Report 2012 released by Knight Frank and Citi Private Wealth is that Singapore is the wealthiest nation in the world by GDP per capita, at US$56,532. Not a total surprise. More interesting to us, however, is the wealth momentum Southeast Asia as a whole is gaining. According to the report, deca-millionaires (those…

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Indonesia: Dynamics of Violence in Papua, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines multiple sources of conflict in Papua, following a series of violent incidents in the provincial capital Jayapura in May (coinciding with my visit to the city) and June and others in the central highlands. Although Papua is situated at the…

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The Cass MARC* M&A Maturity Index 2012, which ranks 148 countries according to their ability to attract and sustain M&A activity, just came out and reveals some interesting new developments. The report notes that nearly 40% of annual global M&A activity now takes place in emerging markets. According to an unrelated survey by Dealogic that…

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