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3 MAJOR EM CONCERNS: food, energy and water insecurity

18 Jun

Via Asia News Network:

“Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is calling on Asian countries to work together as the ‘moment has come’ to make the region “the continent of the future.

‘I notice that this newfound confidence is not particular to Indonesia. You can see it throughout Asia. In my heart I do believe that Asia’s moment has come, and that a much brighter future lies ahead. But we cannot take this for granted,’ Yudhoyono said in the opening remarks of the WEF at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta on Sunday (June 12).

Second, he said, Asia must address growing pressures from food, energy and water insecurity, as 60 percent of the world’s 7 billion people live in Asia.”

Tourism is booming in Singapore

18 Jun

Via Business Wire India:

“Singapore’s tourism sector’s strong performance in Q1 2011 as well as the
uptrend in business travel and the MICE industry signal that there is strong
potential for the city-state to emerge as a top tourist destination for 2011,
forecasts Singapore business incorporation portal, http://www.SingaporeSetup.com.

Latest data from the Singapore Tourism Board reveals that Singapore has
experienced an all-time high of 990,000 in international visitorship during the month of February 2011. This number represents a 15.4% growth in visitorship compared to a year ago and brings with it a 19.1% year-on-year growth in gazetted hotel revenue, estimated at S$159 million. 

On the back of this announcement, Singapore aims to draw 12-13 million visitors and earn S$22-S$24 billion in tourism receipts this year.

As businesses and entrepreneurs look East to establish their presence in the
region, many flock to Singapore due to its reputation as a financial and
commercial hub in the heart of Asia, sound business practices, efficient and stable governance and proximity to the emerging markets that surround it. Last year alone, Singapore has hosted a strong calendar of international conferences and trade exhibitions including ITB Asia, the Singapore Airshow and Food&HotelAsia. Many of these events have picked Singapore as their choice destination year after year.”

WATER: Investments of EUR 500 bn required – every year! DB Research

12 Jun

From DB Research:

“Over the next few years, large-scale investment must be made in the water sector throughout the world. Last year, we put global investment requirements at roughly EUR 400 to 500 bn per annum. In the final analysis, the huge need for investment is a result of the 3% increase per year in the demand for freshwater.”

The report highlights four major reasons for the growth in water-related investments:

  • Industry and energy sector need more water
  • Rising incomes drive up household water consumption
  • Insufficient investment in water sector as a result of too low water prices
  • Governments to rely increasingly on support from private-sector companies in future

Deutsche Bank Research capture the key dilemma in that there is a high investment requirement in all areas of the water sector.

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JIM ROGERS: Debts Going Through the Roof

8 Jun

Legendary investor Jim Rogers was on CNBC today explaining his investment thesis largely predicated on the rise of commodities and emerging market currencies. Some of the key takeaways were his continued concerns on US deficits and their inability to cap spending. Rogers said: “…debts in this country are skyrocketing. In the last three years the government has spent staggering amounts of money and the Federal Reserve is taking on staggering amounts of debt.

If they close down the government, I suspect the dollar will go up. People would realize, they’re not going to spend money. They’re not going to close down the government. I would hope somebody would understand we are facing a crisis. The debts are staggering. We can never pay off these debts.” 

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The growing era of the new corporate giants

28 Apr

More than 40% of the top 20 listed companies worldwide are now based outside of the US. The worldwide economic rebalancing is picking up momentum.

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