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HSBC’s recent Global Liquidity and Cash Management Forum held in Singapore captured the spirit of digital change that is sweeping through businesses, governments, and treasury in the ASEAN region.
Singapore’s plan to work with the United States on infrastructure projects across South-east Asia will strengthen the economic corridor, but the success of this tie-up will depend upon continued innovation.
Singapore got the expansionary Budget it needed with big-ticket items aimed at driving domestic spending in areas like social services, health and infrastructure.
The southern Malaysian region of Iskandar, which includes Johor Baru, is a classic example of the opportunities - and challenges - that come with the rapid urbanisation that is taking South-east Asian economies by storm.