How to benefit from the strength of China and South East Asia this year

A common economic viewpoint seems to be that western economies will struggle as the ‘cost of living crisis’ continues to bite this year but China and the ASEAN-six will be the leading marketplaces for investment and economic expansion.

By Jacquelene Pearson

As more than 2 billion people recently celebrated the Luna New Year, some of the world’s major economic analysts were revising their forecasts in favour of stronger growth for China and other South East Asian nations in 2023.

China’s rolling back of COVID restrictions hasn’t all been smooth sailing and the geopolitics of Taiwan and the South China Sea do give some cause for concern, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Morgan Stanley and Deloitte showing confidence in China’s economic outlook for 2023.

Deloitte’s analysis of China’s economic and industry outlook has positive things to report for every sector from a recovery in demand for consumer goods, the need to support property developers to provide a stable housing market, through to optimism in a large-scale expansion of the renewables sector and high-end technology.

Similar forecasts are being made for the smaller ASEAN countries. The ASEAN-six – Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia – are predicted to have lower growth than in 2022 but still substantially higher than the global average.

The ASEAN regional trading bloc was created back in the 1960s, but it came into its own at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos when representatives from Indonesia and the Philippines predicted that South East Asia would be the global economic powerhouse this year.

They predicted ASEAN’s GDP to be as high as 5.2% and this positive story is likely to be underpinned by healthier trade between China as it opens up from COVID and the ASEAN bloc.

Investors and project managers looking to take advantage of this excellent outlook are advised to consider partnering with an experienced funding arranger.

Acuity Funding is the only funding arranger in Australia offering services and solutions across Infrastructure and Government project funding, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), specialised securities and International Mortgage Management.

We arrange large-scale funding for major projects in infrastructure, mining, agriculture, technology and property.

We have an established track record of helping developers and businesses to break into ASEAN markets.

Acuity’s SWIFT membership combined with our long-term relationships with major lenders, aggregators, private equity sources and hedge funds give our clients access to the depth and diversity of funding required to work successfully in the ASEAN countries.

Our reputation for financing major projects with no cap on our funding value, along with our SWIFT membership, provides both investors and clients with confidence that we can meet their needs efficiently and cost-effectively.

Acuity Funding is already a high-level funding arranger for major projects across the ASEAN markets.

The delivery of major projects in those markets, including energy and infrastructure, is dependent on external funding.

This has delivered an excellent opportunity for Acuity’s investors who are looking for growth as they wait out what the IMF is calling the “cost of living crisis” that is continuing to slow down markets in western economies.

Our mission at Acuity Funding continues to be connecting investors with those needing funds by providing the highest levels of transparency, local representation, transaction speed and efficiency. Contact Acuity Funding today to find out how we can help you to benefit from the healthy outlook for South East Asia this year.