China Outbound – 2016 Manufacturing Alternatives in ASEAN

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Our Latest Round-Up of Business News Affecting China-Based Businesses Investing in Asia

In this edition of China Outbound, we examine the opportunities in each of the ASEAN nations for developing part, or all of, a manufacturing and operational strategy outside of China. As increasing numbers of foreign investors find production in China becoming expensive with reduced margins and falling profits, and China’s own current foreign investment targets increasingly focusing on services rather than production, we look at ASEAN’s manufacturing options in country by country detail.

Managing ASEAN Expansion from Singapore

In this new issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we examine Singapore as a regional hub and tax efficient base from which to commence development into the ASEAN markets. We discuss tax incentives, the tax system, and how to establish operations in the country as well as how to use Singapore’s resources to reach out further into ASEAN.

Vietnam 2016 Foreign Investment Opportunities & Trends

Our offices in Hanoi & HCMC report an increasing amount of FDI coming in from foreign companies previously invested in China. With Vietnam’s TPP membership also providing access to the U.S. market, we look at the overall FDI climate for this dynamic ASEAN neighbor to China.

Indonesia 2016 Foreign Investment Opportunities & Trends

Indonesia launched a new raft of incentives to attract FDI at the end of last year, highlighting specific FDI categories of special interest and opportunities for foreign investors, including cinemas and film-making, while manufacturing, infrastructure development, marine and tourism all offer potential. Our Jakarta Alliance office explains how and why.

Philippines 2016 Foreign Investment Opportunities & Trends

Our Manila Alliance office has also experienced an increase of foreign investors decamping from China. A high quality and relatively inexpensive expatriate lifestyle, coupled with an expanding tourism sector – Disney have just announced a theme park development in Clark – and a liberalization in the banking and financial sectors are helping to pave the way for FDI into the country.

Malaysia 2016 Foreign Investment Opportunities & Trends

While the Malaysian economy is still recovering from allegations of political corruption, a new 2016 budget offers much potential for increased FDI, as does pending membership of the TPP agreement, which opens up free trade access to the United States.  If the budget can deliver, FDI into Malaysia may once again start to look an attractive alternative, while Kuala Lumpur continues to boom as a back office substitute for nearby Singapore. Our Kuala Lumpur Alliance office explains.

Thailand 2016 Foreign Investment Opportunities & Trends

The Thai economy has been battered recently following several years of disruptive and partisan politics, resulting in the 2014 coup. Things are about to change however as the Thai government has just released an extraordinary series of measures to promote investment into the country, including opening up sectors in several next generation industries and offering significant, multi year tax breaks to do so. As a result, our Bangkok Alliance office is reporting a resurgence of FDI, including in Hi-Tech industries and R&D previously based in China.

Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar 2016 Foreign Investment Opportunities & Trends

Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar represent ASEAN’s smallest economies and are the most un-developed of the ASEAN nations. Nevertheless, economies are booming and political changes are ushering in a new era of development. We look at each of these economies and where entrepreneurial minded executives should explore.

China’s Human Capital Resources Being Overtaken By ASEAN

Here, we examine how the productivity of Chinese workers is being eroded against a backdrop of increasing wage and social insurance demands, and how ASEAN nations are now starting to offer better human capital value.

China’s Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN and What It Means for China-Based Foreign Manufacturers

In this popular archived piece, Chris Devonshire-Ellis explains the significance of the China-ASEAN FTA and its impact on manufacturers based in the PRC, with predictions as to where investment dollars are likely to head to in ASEAN.


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