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Joshua Brown
Staring down the barrel of enhanced Asean Economic Community (AEC) integration and reduced barriers to competition, the battle for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is heating up in Southeast Asia. Bordering the region’s industrial powerhouse of Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar have been working to boost the attractiveness of their respective Special Economic Zones to would-be foreign investors....
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Long a darling of the industrial investment community, Thailand offers an attractive pairing of investment incentives and world-class industrial infrastructure. Its industrial development strategy has, over the last two decades, attracted more than US$124.5 billion of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) compared to just US$104.6 billion in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam combined. Special Economic Zones...
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Manufacturing and industrial zone site location decisions are irrevocable. The right location decision can have a profound effect on a firm’s success at meeting its strategic, operational and financial objectives. The wrong decision can put it at a competitive disadvantage and, at worst, out of business in a particular market. Determining the optimal industrial zone...
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Among other industries, Myanmar’s rich – but largely unexplored – mineral wealth has put mining near the forefront of the discussion on new foreign investment opportunities. The country is home to potentially large reserves of copper, lead, zinc, tin, tungsten, gold, coal and barite as well as precious and semi-precious stones given its geology. Opacity...
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Myanmar’s economic reform process has opened it to the world and in 2012, the country saw most international sanctions dropped and the beginning of a wave of international investment that has accelerated year over year. In the 2014 – 2015 financial year, the country’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) reported the approval of...
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