Investing in Laos, State-Based Market Entry in India, and Corruption in Vietnam – China Outbound

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Our weekly round up of other news affecting foreign investors throughout Asia.


Laos’ Investment Outlook for 2019

Laos – often referred to as the “Battery of Southeast Asia” – is one of the smallest nations in ASEAN. The country’s total population is less than ten million. Laos is strategically located between China and its economically more advanced ASEAN neighbors – Vietnam and Thailand.

In recent years, the country’s energy sector has experienced massive investments largely due to the country’s natural hydropower resources.


Adopting a State-Based Market Entry Strategy in India

In the past few years, India has made several progressive pro-business reforms at the national level. But the federal governing system means that the country lacks uniformity in its business environment as each state has its own economic policies and business climate.

While many states have constituted policies that promote investments, some states continue to suffer from outdated policies, which can be a deterrent for foreign investors.


Eurasian Economic Union to Sign Free Trade Deals

The Moscow backed Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), often described as Russia’s equivalent to the EU, is poised to sign off Free Trade Agreements with Egypt, Iran, India and Singapore.

The EAEU, which includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kygryzstan and Russia covers the bulk of the Eurasian land mass and is geographically placed between the European Union and China.


Eurasian Economic Union, EU Members Begin Belt and Road Cooperation

Belarus, a member of Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), has begun cooperationing with Poland, of the European Union, over infrastructure projects as part of China’s Belt & Road Initiative.


Vietnam’s Corruption Perception Ranking Declines in 2018

In the latest 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) by Transparency International, Vietnam ranked 117th amongst 180 countries and territories, dropping by 10 places compared to 2017.

It scored 33 points out of 100 in the 2018 CPI, down two points compared to 2017.

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