Entries tagged "Economic Growth"

  • Kazakhstan's Road to Growth | Nov. 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.

    Historically, Kazakhstan's economic potential has been constrained by geographic extremes and uneven development. To address these challenges, the government has emphasized investment in transportation networks and urban economic centers, achieving steady growth and reducing inequality as a result, yet some risks remain.

  • Provincial Government Leases Tulagi to Chinese Company | Oct. 25, 2019, 9:11 a.m.

    A provincial government in the Solomon Islands has leased the island of Tulagi to China Sam Enterprise Group, a technology, investment, and energy conglomerate. The agreement grants the conglomerate wide-ranging powers to develop infrastructure on Tulagi and the surrounding islands and has drawn criticism from Solomons Attorney General as well as officials in the U.S. and Taiwan due to debt and legal concerns.

  • View All Analysis | Oct. 22, 2019, 9:43 a.m.

    Browse our analysis section for news and articles on topics such as China's Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), the Competing Visions of Japan, India, and other regional powers, and the stakes for U.S. policy.

  • Philippines Banks on Infrastructure | Sept. 24, 2019, 9:48 a.m.

    Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has pushed national spending on infrastructure projects in hopes of creating an economic boom, though this model also carries risks, Nikkei reports.

  • BRI Boosts Construction Revenue | Sept. 19, 2019, 10:44 a.m.

    Chinese contractors earned over $118 billion in overseas construction sales last year, nearly a quarter of the year's international construction revenue. This is largely related to Chinese construction companies involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • The Higher Road | April 23, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

    Over the next 15 years, more hard infrastructure is projected to be built around the world than currently exists. As our infrastructure is transformed, so will be the economies it fuels, the regions it connects, and the global commons it underpins. These trends are too powerful and potentially beneficial for the United States to stop, and too consequential to ignore.

  • Japan Prepares for 5G | April 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

    Major Japanese companies across industrial sectors are signing partnerships with Japanese telecommunication firms to develop products and services that make use of the super-charged national 5G network, set to open in 2020. The Japanese government is encouraging these partnerships, claiming that 5G will be the "basic infrastructure" of the 21st century, reports Nikkei.

  • Southeast Asia Rail Cure for Congestion | March 21, 2019, 10:13 a.m.

    Southeast Asian nations are investing in their urban rail infrastructure to ease road congestion impeding their further economic growth. In Hanoi, road congestion costs Vietnam as much as $1.2 billion in 2018, reports Nikkei.

  • China Plans Record $125B Rail Investments | Jan. 21, 2019, 5 a.m.

    Chinese investment in railways is expected to rise by about 6 percent year-over-year to $125 billion in 2019, part of a stimulus plan to shore up China’s lagging economy. China Railway, which manages the country’s rail-sector, expects to build 6,800km in new rail tracks this year, a 45 percent increase in construction over 2018.

  • Making Solid Tracks: North and South Korean Railway Cooperation | Dec. 11, 2018, 8:52 a.m.

    North and South Korea are pushing railway cooperation as an engine for advancing inter-Korean relations. Railway connections could integrate the peninsula into a network that spans the continent, marking a significant diplomatic and geopolitical accomplishment. However, significant obstacles still remain.

  • Infrastructure Boosts Philippines, India Competitiveness | Oct. 18, 2018, 9:05 a.m.

    Philippines and India have risen through the ranks in the World Economic Forum's latest Global Competitiveness Report, as the countries made improvements in infrastructure and innovation.

  • Indonesia Weighs Stability and Infrastructure | Aug. 23, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

    Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has leveraged infrastructure to promote pro-growth economic policies. However, Widodo may need to make trade-offs between growth and economic stability amid an uncertain economic outlook as the April 2019 elections approach, writes the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Turkish Lira Sparks BRI Debt Fears | Aug. 20, 2018, 9:12 a.m.

    The plummeting Turkish Lira may serve as a warning for emerging Asian economies who own significant BRI infrastructure debt. A drop in domestic currency can cause a crisis when time to repay debts, which are typically denominated in USD, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Infrastructure Raises Asian Stocks | Aug. 7, 2018, 8:55 a.m.

    In anticipation of an infrastructure spending boost, stocks have climbed for Chinese infrastructure companies.

  • China To Expand Infrastructure Investment | Aug. 2, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

    The Chinese Communist Party's Politburo decided to implement a "proactive fiscal policy" and expand infrastructure investment with the goal of supporting economic growth as the effect of U.S. tariffs begin to kick in.

  • Southeast Asia Financial Integration and Infrastructure Investment | May 30, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

    This report highlights recommendations on how the U.S. might effectively engage Southeast Asia's infrastructure challenges to foster greater stability and financial integration in the region.

  • Asia’s Infrastructure Contest | April 17, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

    The tug of war between quantity and quality is now at the center of Asia’s infrastructure contest.

  • Karachi to Improve Bus and Rail | April 2, 2018, 9:26 a.m.

    The city of Karachi, Pakistan's business capital, is planning to improve its bus and rail networks to ease traffic and accelerate economic growth.

  • Indonesia Hopes to Create Economic Hub with New Airport | March 23, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

    The Indonesian government hopes that the Kertajati International Airport currently under construction in West Java will lure businesses away from the capital and turn the region into an economic hub.

  • Abe Seeks Economic Stimulus From Infrastructure | Feb. 21, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

    As Japan looks past the anticipated economic boost from the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is turning to infrastructure investment to buoy fiscal stimulus and economic growth beyond 2020.

  • Thailand Courts Infrastructure Investment | Feb. 20, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

    Thai deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak seeks investment to develop the Eastern Economic Corridor, including channeling more than $45 billion into infrastructure projects ranging from airports and ports to highways and roads.

  • Chinese Infrastructure Spending Boosts GDP | Jan. 19, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

    Data released by the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reveals that China's heavy infrastructure investment leading up to the Communist Party National Congress last October had its intended effect of boosting annual economic growth.

  • Infrastructure Drives Growth in Indonesia and Philippines | Jan. 9, 2018, 8:53 a.m.

    Domestic demand and the rollout of infrastructure projects in 2018 will continue to drive growth in the Philippines and Indonesia.

  • Infrastructure Helps Drive Indonesian Growth | Dec. 15, 2017, 9:28 a.m.

    Infrastructure investment remains a primary driver of Indonesia's economic growth, leaving the economy more interconnected than ever before.

  • Japan and Myanmar to Cooperate on Infrastructure | Dec. 14, 2017, 9:15 a.m.

    At a meeting in Tokyo, the leaders of Myanmar and Japan agreed to further cooperation in the areas of urban development, transportation, and power infrastructure in Myanmar.

  • Jakarta Keeps $2.1B Rail Project Afloat | Dec. 12, 2017, 9:35 a.m.

    A railway system under construction in Greater Jakarta avoided delays last after Indonesia's top ministers proposed a new funding scheme for the $2.14 billion project.

  • India, ASEAN to Propel Asia's Economy | Dec. 7, 2017, 9:34 a.m.

    New projections show India's economy becoming third largest in the world, with other major ASEAN nations surging forward to propel Asian economic growth.

  • Boosting Infrastructure is Key to Abenomics | Dec. 1, 2017, 10:44 a.m.

    Shinzo Abe's reformulation of Abenomics emphasizes the need to raise Japan's infrastructure industry.

  • China Cancels Risky Local Infrastructure Projects | Nov. 27, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

    China canceled nearly 1,000 projects amid greater scrutiny of public-private partnerships, in addition to stronger environmental regulations and real estate purchasing limits.

  • China Seeks Economic Cooperation with Philippines | Nov. 16, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

    Chinese premier proposes economic cooperation with former maritime rival Philippines.

  • OECD: SE Asia Needs Taxes for Infrastructure | Nov. 15, 2017, 9:54 a.m.

    Southeast Asian governments need to collect more taxes to sustain the region's infrastructure expansion, reports the OECD.

  • Malaysia Puts Up $1.5B for Infrastructure | Oct. 27, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

    Malaysia announced it will spend over $1.53 billion to build new roads and bridges in an infrastructure development push that will help sustain growth in the key construction sector.

  • China on Track to Beat GDP Targets | Oct. 20, 2017, 9:54 a.m.

    As Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to begin a second five-year term, the 6.8 percent expansion of China's economy, largely driven by public investment in infrastructure projects, has put economic growth ahead of official targets.

  • China's Zhengzhou Experiences Growth after Infrastructure Drive, but Constraints Remain | Sept. 26, 2017, 9:58 a.m.

  • Special Report: Asian Infrastructure and Trade | May 15, 2017, 10:25 a.m.

    Asia’s infrastructure push could create new alliances, reports FT emerging markets editor James Kynge, drawing upon Reconnecting Asia’s “Competing Visions” map series.

  • The Asian Development Bank in a Reconnected Asia | April 25, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

    Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao discusses infrastructure investment's impact on inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Asia at the 2017 Global Development Forum.

  • Disrupting Development Finance | Feb. 2, 2017, 1:19 p.m.

    The challenge today for multilateral development banks is not how to mobilize excess savings but how to catalyze abundant capital for development.

  • Matthew Goodman: US, Japan can aid Asia's infrastructure boom | Nov. 18, 2016, 11:14 a.m.

    While the U.S. and Japan cannot offer as much investment as China in the region, they can offer their expertise and high standards, Matthew Goodman explains in an interview with Nikkei.