US using OPIC to counter China’s BRI

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is set for a revamp, and it is squarely aimed at countering China’s growing geopolitical influence. While the United States (US) government’s development finance institution seems like America’s answer to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as they both serve to improve socio-economic development, there are several key differences. 

14 April 2019

What’s Driving the Global Slowdown?

The drumbeat of warnings about a looming worldwide recession is growing ever louder. According to the latest Brookings-Financial Times TIGER indexes, which track the global economic recovery, growth momentum is declining in virtually all of the world’s major economies.

11 April 2019

Thai junta pegs economic fortunes to China

After generals seized power in Thailand in a 2014 coup, they turned to Beijing to kickstart growth and buff up their vision of an innovative, developed country steered by wise leaders and buoyed by China-backed infrastructure.

19 February 2019

Investors flock to Thailand’s EEC project

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is slated to be an arterial node for trade, investment, and regional transportation, besides also serving as a strategic gateway to the Southeast Asian region.

3 December 2018

Region’s digital economy exceeds expectations

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is slated to be worth more than US$240 billion by 2025 according to a joint study by Google and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings covering the six most advanced internet economies in the region – Singapore, Malaysia, Indones

19 November 2018

Smooth sailing for Malaysia’s Ekuinas

Malaysian state-owned private equity firm, Ekuiti Nasional (Ekuinas) has divested the entirety of its 60 percent equity interest in cross-border mobile cash transaction firm Tranglo to the Hong Kong-based TNG Fintech Group for US$27.6 million.

12 October 2018

China's yuan sinks to five-month low

A selloff in China’s currency deepened after the central bank moved to free up capital for banks and as investors braced for the next round in an escalating trade dispute with the United States (US).

25 June 2018

Investing in renewable energy

Over the past decade, renewable energy investments in Southeast Asia have been fluctuating substantially, mainly influenced by the completion of large-scale projects and changes in the overall policy landscape.

20 June 2018