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JUNE 2019

Bridging Asia's infrastructure gap

As a McKinsey report acknowledges, “the question is no longer how quickly Asia will rise; it is how Asia will lead.”

In this month’s issue of Infrastructure Channel, we will look at how this region will face the challenges ahead and drive the next phase of growth.

We start with the revival of the Silk Road’s campaign: Patrizia Marin, International Strategist, Marketing and Public Affairs expert, goes back to trace the history of the long-distance exchange routes already travelled by Marco Polo and argues that once more this revival will promote fruitful exchange among civilizations.

We will then talk to Hung Tran, Atlantic Council senior fellow and former executive managing director of the Institute of International Finance, to find out why the need for infrastructure investment is still very high in the region despite years of spending and what needs to be done to unlock private investment.

Finally Christopher Emsden, former Rome Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, looks at the Asian digital boom and at how the explosive growth of start-ups will require optimized infrastructure investments in order to reach sustainable development.


Silk road revival hinges on tigers in Samarkand, connectivity investments and the diversity Marco Polo saw

JUNE 2019

Silk road revival hinges on tigers in...

In the mid-1990s, an American writer published a book arguing that Marco Polo never visited China, but pieced together stories from merchants he had met in the Middle East.   Evidence cited...

For Asian infrastructure the key is  unlocking private investment

JUNE 2019

For Asian infrastructure the key is unlocking...

Interview with Hung Tran by Manuela Mirkos   The Asia Pacific region has been particularly active in terms of infrastructure investments in the last decade. But figures show substantial...

New tigers on the prowl: Southeast Asia’s digital boom

JUNE 2019

New tigers on the prowl: Southeast Asia’s...

Consider that the median age of people in Germany and Japan is 47, and that it’s 37 in China and the United States. People are notably younger in Southeast Asia, which likely means they will provide...