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Emerging markets: increasing or decreasing risks?

RICHARD DUNBAR, HEAD OF MACRO INVESTMENT RESEARCH, ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS So far, 2018 has been a difficult year for emerging market (EM) assets, which in the last few months have fared significantly worse than their counterparts in developed markets. This has been due mainly to worldwide issues but also country-specific political uncertainty. Many investors are…

“Monsters” in the house? What to do about Malaysia’s government-linked companies

By Jayant Menon – Asian Development Bank   About a month before Malaysia’s parliamentary election in May 2018, then-opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad raised concerns over the role that government-linked companies (GLCs) were playing in the economy, being “huge and rich” enough to be considered “monsters”. Datasupport his description—GLCs account for about half of the benchmark Kuala Lumpur Composite…

Comparing Neighbours

COMPARING NEIGHBOURS – CHINA VS JAPAN BY ANDREW KEILLER – BAILLIE GIFFORD By definition, miracles are extremely rare occurrences, but Asia has been fortunate enough to have been blessed by more than one economic miracle in modern times. The extraordinary development of China is the most current example, with Japan’s post World War II revival…

A Letter from Sri Lanka

Kenneth Akintewe Head of Asian Sovereign Debt Letter from Sri Lanka: a bond market opportunity? Mention Sri Lanka and tea, cricket, sea and safari typically come to mind. These are the more positive perceptions of the country. But political turmoil, policy confusion, currency depreciation and a bond scandal remain some of the negatives that the…

The Belt and Road initiative: reshaping the global value chain

Lead ACCA author Yuki Qian History More than 2,100 years ago, Zhang Qian made a trip as imperial envoy to the regions west of the Han Dynasty. Afterwards, Chinese merchants began to trade with people of the western regions by following his route, which was later called the ‘Silk Road’. About a century later, another…

Next Generation Leaders Inspired to Engage with China

A new partnership strengthening ties between Heriot-Watt University and businesses in Asia has been agreed. In a major milestone, the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication (SCIBC) at Heriot-Watt has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Asia Scotland Institute (ASI). The arrangement sees the non-profit organisation formally partnering with the University to deliver a joint programme of…

Join a Student Hub

We are proud to announce the beginning of our new Student Hubs Programme! Student Hubs are designed to strengthen the link between the Asia Scotland Institute and the student body of our partner universities. The Student Hubs are student led and aim to achieve a grass root approach in inspiring the next generation to engage…

HKCCI Newsletter – July 2018

  Newsletter | July 2018 This newsletter provides the latest news on HKCCI and events in Hong Kong and Asia.     Featured Articles Green Finance Green finance involves investments that provide environmental benefits in the broader context of environmentally sustainable development. The Hong Kong government is positioning the city as a green finance hub by using its…

ASI Announces New Support Partner in Asia

The Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to announce the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) as a supporter. The Asian Development Bank Institute was established in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan, to help build capacity, skills, and knowledge related to poverty reduction and other areas that support long-term growth and competitiveness in developing economies in Asia and…