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APAC Investment Tide: Navigating Asia-Pacific's Trade & Investment Horizon

Exclusive Insights, Trends, and Strategies – Climate-Focused FDI, Emerging Technologies, ASEAN Investment Summit, and More!

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In this issue, we delve into climate-focused FDI facilitation, the global impact of emerging technologies, and Asia-Pacific's pivotal role in the evolving investment panorama. Struggling to navigate the complexities of the region's investments? Let us guide you with actionable strategies and exclusive content, including our FREE report: Guidebook on Facilitating Climate FDI. Join a community of investors, thought leaders and industry experts shaping the future of Asia-Pacific trade & investment. Your journey to trade & investment excellence begins here – welcome to the APAC Investment Tide🚀

Developed by World Economic Forum and FDI Strategies an essential resource for all IPAs to build capacity in climate FDI.

the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)'s new Steering Committee will be elected this November at the highly anticipated 27th World Investment Conference event in New Delhi, for the upcoming term of 2023 - 2025, we invite all interested WAIPA Member IPAs to step forward and raise their candidacies.

ASIA PACIFIC COMMUNITY NEWS: Our summary of the essential stories for the economic development, FDI, trade & investment community

Using the World Competitiveness Ranking report by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) to chart the top 20 most competitive countries between 2019 and 2023.

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2023: Here's How They Can Impact The World - The World Economic Forum's newly-launched 'Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2023' report lists this year's most impactful emerging technologies.

Essential read highlights how Estonia’s IPA has adopted artificial intelligence tools early on to attract investment, by Seth O'Farrell, fDi Intelligence.

Malaysia: Special 15% Tax Rate for Skilled Workers To Develop New Special Financial Zone - A new special financial zone in Iskandar Malaysia will be competitive in order to attract international investors and knowledge workers to reside in Malaysia.

The inflow of investment was injected into the major sectors of the economy, including financial activities, manufacturing, real estate, accommodation, agriculture, hydropower, and construction," said the report

Indonesia’s New Capital Looks to Attract Foreign Investors - As Jakarta sinks, the Indonesian government has released a slew of incentives to lure FDI to the $29.2B mega project.

The United States Shifts Gears In The Asia-Pacific - The US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a milestone on the path towards the electric vehicle (EV) era — a monumental shift with the potential to remodel not just the US automotive industry, but the global landscape.

Top 10 Countries By FDI Stock in 2022 - The decline in the global stock of FDI last year is at odds with the rapid rise over the past three decades, which has enabled countries to accumulate huge stockpiles of overseas investment.

As part of Tesla’s commitment to Malaysia, the firm has unveiled a comprehensive development plan for an experience center, service and support, and charging infrastructure in the country.

Investment Flows to Small Island States Grew By 39% In 2022 - UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2023 shows that the top five recipients accounted for 85% of foreign direct investment flows to small island developing states.

Singapore's GIC Eyes India, Indonesia, Vietnam Amid China Pivot - The sovereign wealth fund of Singapore wants to invest more in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, diversifying away from China due to tense Sino-U.S. relations.

112 countries signed up to the IFD agreement to unlock FDI into the developing world.

Asia Primary Destination for Over Half of Global FDI: UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2023 - UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2023 reveals a widening annual investment deficit that developing countries face as they work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Protectionism: Trade Restrictions Reach An All-Time High - The IMF says “geoeconomic fragmentation” would weigh on global GDP

Singapore, Malaysia to Study Setting up a Special Economic Zone in Johor - Commercial operators will also study the feasibility of a new ferry service between Tuas in Singapore and Puteri Harbour in Johor.

RESOURCES & REPORTS: Our monthly summary of the key resources and reports that matter. UNCTAD World Investment Report 2023 “A significant increase in investment in sustainable energy systems in developing countries is crucial for the world to reach climate goals by 2030”. UNCTAD Secretary-General, Rebeca Grynspan ADB: Greening International Trade and Investment How trade and investment can be part of climate solutions? This brief suggests policy options to answer this question. By Albert F. Park & Jong Woo Kang FDI Innovation Report "The New Laws of FDI Attraction" WAIPA & OCO Global Data from 74 Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) worldwide, provide insights into their strategies for addressing global changes and challenges that affect the attraction and targeting of Foreign Direct Investment projects. UPCOMING EVENTS ASEAN Investment Summit, 2nd September in Jakarta, is a collaborative effort between UN ESCAP, the ASEAN Secretariat, the Ministry of Investment of Indonesia, The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), and Bloomberg. This Investment Forum aims to showcase the current investment opportunities in ASEAN to foreign direct investors, ultimately contributing to inclusive and sustainable development. · Register for the event here: · The event program can be found here: United Nations Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum, Xiamen, China, part of CIFIT, 9th September. This forum, co-organized by UN ESCAP, and WAIPA, is dedicated to boosting foreign direct investment in the digital economy for sustainable development. By exploring innovative approaches, this event will pave the way for exciting opportunities and collaborations within the region. Feedback Loop: We encourage readers to provide feedback on the content and provide suggestions on topics you’d like to see covered in future newsletters. We also welcome articles from the community and are happy to share upcoming resources and events to support the development of the regional investment promotion community - Please feel free to email

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ABOUT US: ​KW Group is an Asia-Pacific-focused consultancy specializing in economic development, foreign direct investment (FDI), trade facilitation, investment strategies, and market access. Serving clients since 2010, we cater to the public and private sectors, investors, and investment promotion communities. Our headquarters are based in Malaysia, strategically positioned to spearhead growth in this vibrant market. KW Group was appointed, Senior Advisor for Asia Pacific by The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). We are committed to supporting the development of the Asia Pacific investment promotion communities, networks, capacity building, donor programs, and resources. Warm Regards, Andrew Keable Managing Partner, KW Group, Senior Regional Advisor Asia Pacific, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)

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