Asia's emerging mega-clusters

Asia’s emerging mega clusters will be important drivers of growth over the coming decades.

Our spatial analytics identifies clusters of cities within a radius of 100km and with a combined population greater than 5 million. These clusters are driving key trends ranging from the emergence of retail chains to inter-city rail and dormitory cities to infrastructure demand.

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Visualising Asia's commercial future

Asia suffers from a shortage of high-quality data. Leading firms will apply data analytics to visualise their business landscape.

The next generation of business intelligence will find ways to combine private and public sources of data in ways that help explain what’s happening at ground-level in Asia, not just at 30,000 feet, from the scale of sub-regional markets in China to splits between online and offline sales in India.

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Alibaba's India opportunity

The "Made-for-India" model will have big implications for e-commerce in the region's emerging markets.

The prospect of Alibaba competing directly with Amazon in India is a blockbuster. It’s a battle of the online giants across India’s vast consumer landscape. More practically though, it offers a test of whether Alibaba’s model is relevant for another large emerging market country.

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China's Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road initiative has captured global headlines, and rightly so.

China's initiative will drive China’s commercial and political relations with its near neighbours, from Asia to Europe, over the coming decade. But for all the focus on government policy, market forces are equally critical and if you supply, partner, or compete with Chinese companies in Asia, then the strategy matters.

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The future for MNCs in ASEAN

How are CEO’s at leading multinationals responding to ASEAN’s opportunities and challenges?

How should we think about the ASEAN opportunity? Silk Road Associates recently co-authored a report with KPMG interviewing eight C-level executives at leading multinationals on their thoughts. CEOs talk about the region’s growing opportunities, but also its fragmentation.

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