Export capacity building up throughout South-East Asia
Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis
As global manufacturing starts to spread its tentacles across Asia, Export Processing Zones – once the sole preserve of China – are springing up all over. Conceived as ideal for emerging markets as they help develop worker skill sets and begin the development of supply chain infrastructure, they are also popular with foreign investors as they negate the need to import directly into the host country (avoiding import duties) and assist with being able to deliver a cost-effective product by offering VAT rebates on any locally sourced components. Continue reading
By Shawn Greene
At the so-called “Three Amigos Summit” in Toluca, Mexico, celebrating the 20th anniversary of NAFTA this week, the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States have vowed to expand free trade agreements between North America and Asia while pushing for the successful conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations this year.
Speaking at the summit, President Obama expressed a determination to keep TPP progress on track despite many in the U.S. Congress indicating they will refuse to support a renewal of so-called ‘fast-track’ negotiating authority, or trade promotion authority. Continue reading
HANOI – Vietnam’s Moc Bai Economic Zone and Border Gate (hereinafter referred to as “the Zone”) is expected to become an international trade center in the near future. The Zone will serve to promote cooperation and development between Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as the other countries in the ASEAN region.
Located along the soon to be completed Trans-Asia Road, the Zone is in a prime position to benefit from the trade that will soon by moving via the new roadway. The Trans-Asia Road, currently under construction, stretches from Myanmar, through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and finally ends in Quangxi, China. Continue reading
Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis
Jan. 22 – When it comes to making comparisons across Asia, and especially the various regional economies, a difficulty is in choosing a commodity familiar to all within this massive region. Typically, housing prices, cost of labor and even mobile phone penetration or the famous Mars Bar Index are used to demonstrate how economies and regional prices vary against the same product. Having given this some thought, while trying to maintain an Asian flavor in our 2014 comparison, we decided to choose a dish prevalent across Asia – Stir-Fried Prawns. It is perhaps the one dish that can be found from Northern China to Southern India, and all points in-between, and is therefore a reasonable barometer to try and ascertain how Asian consumers differ in their local costs of consuming what to hundreds of millions of people is either a tasty lunch or dinner dish. Continue reading
Dec. 12 – On Saturday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) successfully reached an agreement on streamlining customs procedures that is expected to boost global economic output by as much as US$1 trillion and create more than 21 million jobs worldwide.
Dubbed the ‘Bali Package,’ the agreement reached Saturday is the first ever multilateral trade agreement successfully negotiated by the WTO in its nearly 20-year history. Continue reading
Oct. 29 – The meetings last week between Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was a mixture of détente over border issues, some cultural cross-referencing, and the laying down of a platform for increased trade opportunities. In what turned out to become a remarkably cordial and informal series of meetings, the quotes came fast and thick from both sides:
“If the host is hospitable and generous, there will be more frequent visits from guests,” as mentioned by Premier Li. Not to be outdone, Chinese President Xi Jinping also told Singh the famous saying “We need to stand tall and look far, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Continue reading
Oct. 26 – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow this week for the 14th India-Russia Annual Summit, which focused on deepening India’s strategic partnership with Russia to enhance trade, investment and global stability.
“Despite the fragile global economic environment, our bilateral trade grew by nearly 25% last year to reach 11 billion U.S. dollars. We resolved to promote investments and facilitate closer cooperation in a number of areas with great potential, such as oil and gas, energy, information technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fertilizers, and mining,” stated PM Singh.
In 2000, Russia became the first country with which India signed a Declaration of Strategic Partnership, which has been further strengthened over the past thirteen years. During the recent summit, memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and programs of cooperation were established for investment collaboration and information sharing in the energy, science and technology sectors. In addition to deepening economic cooperation, the leaders also discussed common positions on international and regional issues, emphasizing their commitment to the strategic partnership. Continue reading
2point6billion.com provides news and analysis on foreign trade in south east Asia, with a particular focus on China and India. The stories are contributed by the foreign direct investment experts at Dezan Shira & Associates, who have offices throughout China, India and Vietnam.