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APAC Trade & Investment Tide: Insights and Collaboration for FDI Success 🚀

ASEAN's economic ascent, AI revolution in investment, RCEP, Top FDI Sources, China FDI, $105 Trillion Economy and more

This month, we delve into the dynamic landscape of Asia-Pacific's trade and investment environment. From Jakarta to Xiamen and Frankfurt, our calendar is packed with events shaping global investment, reflecting the convergence of minds and strategies that define the future. We explore ASEAN's rise, AI's investment impact, and strategies for attracting foreign capital. Welcoming Trade & Investment Queensland to strengthen collaboration for enhanced FDI in the Asia Pacific. Join us in navigating the APAC Investment Tide, as we uncover insights, resources, and reports that illuminate the path to success in this ever-evolving landscape.

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

ASEAN is on track to emerge as a global center of growth – Our MUST read article of recent weeks!

Fantastic interview with Chris Camacho, CEO of Phoenix's GPEC, discusses how AI is disrupting investment attraction, By Seth O Farrell, FDI Intelligence

As our very first member IPA from Australia, TIQ aims to substantiate Queensland’s economic presence in the Pacific region. WAIPA looks forward to enhancing the region as an attractive destination for FDI through collaboration and engagements with Trade and Investment Queensland.

Colombo vows to join RCEP but needs to overcome its debt restructuring first

The AANZFTA is a market of around 711 million people, which recorded a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of US$5.9 trillion as of April 2023, based on data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Economic Outlook.

Altogether, the 50 most valuable companies represent over $26.5 trillion in shareholder value. At a sector level, Information Technology is the most represented in the top 50, with $9.3 trillion in combined market cap. The next biggest sectors are Consumer Discretionary ($4.0 trillion) and Health Care ($3.3 trillion).

China has issued 24 new guidelines to attract more global capital and further optimize the country's business environment for multinational corporations.

Since 2003, US multinationals have invested more than $3tn in overseas markets, according to fDi Markets data up to the end of May 2023. The combined total of the next three largest FDI source countries — Germany, Japan and the UK — was only marginally higher ($3.35tn) over the same period.

By the end of 2023, the world economy is expected to have a gross domestic product (GDP) of $105 trillion, or $5 trillion higher than the year before, according to the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) projections from its 2023 World Economic Outlook report.

- The majority of citizens in 10 countries examined trusted Washington over Beijing, especially in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam

- China is widely seen as a major economic power, while the US is perceived as providing significant traditional development aid

German chipmaker Infineon is massively increasing its investment in its Malaysia plant while reporting slightly better-than-expected quarterly revenue in a semiconductor market where trends remain a mixed picture.

Renewables, chips, and batteries lead FDI this year, while data centers bounce back, by Alex Irwin-Hunt FDI Intelligence

RESOURCES & REPORTS: Our monthly summary of the key resources and reports that matter.

The 2023 Worldwide R&D Incentives Reference Guide, contains the latest updates as of February 2023 summarizing key incentives across 46 jurisdictions, including newly added chapters from Cyprus and Tunisia. The guide offers taxpayers the information necessary to identify and help to leverage opportunities to benefit from available incentives. This is particularly relevant if they are contemplating new or expanded investments in R&D, innovation and sustainability.

Southeast Asian countries have for the past decade experienced strong economic growth, sustained domestic demand, rapid urbanisation, fast digitalisation, and an incredible middle-class growth. As a result, foreign direct investment is pouring in, and the consumer landscape is fast changing.

Over the past two decades, governments around the world have responded to climate change through various initiatives and policies, with carbon pricing at the forefront.

Greenfield foreign investment into Asia-Pacific surpassed pre-Covid levels for the first time in 2022 after strong growth in project numbers, but which countries and sectors are leading the way?

According to a recent report from Goldman Sachs, the balance of global economic power is projected to shift dramatically in the coming decades. In the graphic, we’ve created a bump chart that provides a historical and predictive overview of the world’s top 15 economies at several milestones: 1980, 2000, 2022, and Goldman Sachs projections for 2050 and 2075.

ESSENTIAL TRADE & INVESTMENT EVENTS Our monthly summary of the key events that matter. We have a busy month ahead for all of us at WAIPA, check out our upcoming events for September 2023 and beyond: 🌍 September 2nd: ASEAN Investment Forum, in collaboration with United Nations ESCAP, Ministry of Investment / Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) ASEAN-BAC Indonesia 2023, Bloomberg, and The ASEAN Secretariat. 📍Jakarta, Indonesia. 🌍 September 9th: United Nations Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum, in collaboration with United Nations ESCAP. 📍Xiamen, China. 🌍 September 14th-15th: Investment Management Exhibition in collaboration with the CEO-Congress and Event Organization, Fingar Direct Investment, European Investment Bank (EIB), Germany Trade & Invest, Investment Monitor, Real Asset Media. 📍Frankfurt, Germany. 🌍 September 12th – 15th: World Trade Organization Public Forum. 📍Geneva, Switzerland. 🌍 September 18th – 22nd: United Nations General Assembly 📍New York, USA.

🌍 December 11th – 14th: 27thWAIPA World Investment Congress 📍New Delhi, India.

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 happy to share upcoming resources and events to support the development of the regional investment promotion community - Please feel free to email

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 as Senior Regional 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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