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The Thai government has long believed in an open, laissez faire economy. Foreign investment is welcome, and various types of incentives – either tax incentives or non-tax incentives – are granted to attract foreign investment through government agencies, such as the Board of Investment (BOI) and the Industrial Estate Authority of...

 

Although stable, liquid and profitable, Thailand’s banking sector saw growth moderate in 2016 as rising defaults in the highly leveraged consumer and small business segments weighed on lending growth. Large corporate lenders have increasingly turned to alternative financing channels, most notably the short-term bond market, further impacting...

 

Benefitting from an export-oriented, industrialised economy and an ideal geographic position with proximity to Japan, China and high-growth ASEAN members, trade and investment in Thailand has expanded steadily in recent years on the strengths of its agricultural, automotive, electronics and textiles exporters. Anders Dong Hasselstrom, managing...

 

High mobile uptake, leading smartphone penetration, and rapid expansion of wireless broadband and fibre-optic infrastructure have driven the UAE to the forefront of regional telecoms development. Although mobile tariffs are comparatively high and international volatility has affected operator profits, a recent series of consumer-friendly...

 

As a result of the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in mid-2016, decentralisation and countryside development have been put on the Philippines’ immediate national agenda. Metro Manila faces an unsustainable traffic congestion problem, which a 2014 study by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, in conjunction with the National...

 

Kenya’s health care sector has benefitted from a substantial inflow of new capital in recent years, as private investors rush to take advantage of new growth opportunities in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and human resource development. This comes as the country’s public health system copes with a patient capacity burden and insufficient...