A global superpower, the United States has the world’s largest economy and diplomatic network. Interested in extending its ties with Southeast Asia, the U.S. has launched several programs to develop its interests in ASEAN and contribute to the local development of the region.
Peer-to-peer lending is an alternative form of finance for people and businesses who want to avoid traditional credit institutions. In Singapore, this innovative and direct approach to lending and borrowing spurs a new line of financial services where technologies and trust come together to challenge large banking and finance firms.
The global enthusiasm for entrepreneurship is well represented in Thailand. Benefiting from several intrinsic advantages, the land of smile is now home to a booming ecosystem supporting and revolving around startups and entrepreneurs in the tech sector as well as in several other industries.
Singapore has grown into a major hub for technology start-ups in Southeast Asia. For the aspiring entrepreneurs, the presence of a new dynamic and multicultural generation as well as supportive business and financial structures make Singapore a great place to think about for starting a business and making a global impact.
With a young population showing a highly entrepreneurial spirit, Vietnam is home to a growing startup ecosystem. Well-versed in programming and hungry for success in the growing Vietnamese middle-class, a new generation leads Vietnam to become a regional hot spot for tech entrepreneurship.
With the spread of ever connected devices, FinTech has become a very hot topic in Singapore and all global financial centers. Both large financial institutions and startups are engaged in developing innovative technologies to provide new financial products and services, and to enhance the efficiency of financial markets.
Leading nation in Asia and the world for business, wealth and quality of life, Singapore aims at becoming the first “Smart Nation”. To explain this idea and motivate its people and entrepreneurs to adopt and develop a more connected way of life through technology, a new visionary video presents some aspects of this Smart Nation.
With the development of technologies and the collection of more and more data on consumers, processes or markets, using this Big Data attracts the interests of an ever growing number of businesses in Malaysia. Yet a lot remains to be done to properly define the goals and processes, to hire or train the right people.
Indonesia is receiving a steadily increasing stream of visitors, but it is still lagging behind regional competitors in terms of number of tourists. To gain visibility on Internet, attract more visitors in individual hotels and for the Indonesian hospitality sector as a whole, it is critical to take advantage of technology and social media.
The ASEAN Economic Community fosters great hopes for many businesses, especially multinational corporations – MNCs – that are well-positioned to benefit from it. Gathering reviews from several MNCs’ leaders across Southeast Asia, this report provides hands-on, regional insights accross several industries.