Friday, 19 July 2019

South-East Asia 2013

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  • A Sumatran tiger growls in the compound at the Sumatra Tiger Rescue Centre , inside the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation near the southern tip of Sumatra island.

    South-East Asia 2013: The tigers roar again

    Source: Reuters/Beawiharta A Sumatran tiger growls in the compound at

  • India's Virat Kohli hits a shot at a one-day international cricket match.

    Hitting the sweet spot

    South-East Asia is now a firmly established part of any emerging-market portfolio, and is accounting for more of Asia’s capital markets activity. Changing global investment flows, however, pose new challenges for the region.

  • A worker inspects light bulbs installed on a Christmas lantern on sale along a street in Manila.

    Under examination

    The uproar over of a landmark London listing for Indonesia’s Bakrie family has put the spotlight back on South-East Asia’s shaky reputation for corporate governance. There are, however, some small signs of improvement.

  • Children cool down at a pond at Sau Gia village in Ha Tay province, outside Hanoi.

    Flush with liquidity

    Efforts to improve liquidity in South-East Asia’s equity markets have catapulted Malaysia, Singapore and even the Philippines up the capital markets rankings.

  • A man carries a billboard with an image of US-dollar notes as he rides a bicycle on a street in Hanoi.

    Going cheap

    Low borrowing rates in US dollars are luring more South-East Asian companies into the offshore debt markets. While credit profiles are improving, the rush to refinance existing obligations is also squeezing returns for investors.

  • Raji, a 9-year-old tightrope walker, walks on a rope, while holding a balancing pole during a performance in Mumbai’s financial district.

    Finding a balance

    Bankers are optimistic that South-East Asia’s local bond markets will keep printing deals in the first half of 2013, although monetary policy will dictate activity in the second half of the year.

  • Participants compete in a dragon boat race at Hong Kong's Stanley Bay to celebrate the annual Tuen Ng or Dragon Boat Festival.

    Up and running

    The chase for the assets of Singapore’s Fraser & Neave, involving Thai, Indonesian, Dutch and Japanese suitors, gave a tantalising glimpse of the potential for cross-border deal-making in South-East Asia.

  • A man prepares carpets for Muslim worshippers outside a mosque in Banda Aceh.

    Global ambition

    Malaysia’s efforts to link its world-leading Islamic bond market with the global investor base took a big step forward earlier this year with the first offshore corporate sukuk. Confidence is high that the region’s other corporate issuers will be able to follow suit.

  • A three-year-old boy looks out from a door of a classroom in Tenglong kindergarten.

    Behind closed doors

    Indonesia’s Gajah Tunggal proved there is life after restructuring with its return to the global bond markets in January. New defaulters, however, are using Chapter 15 of the US bankruptcy code to rush through local workouts, leaving questions over their ability to court global investors on future financings.