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Southeast Asia Business

Lying in a vast region south of China, east of India, and north of Australia, Southeast Asia Business draws from a population of more than 600 million people. Thanks to newly established capital markets, a rich resource base and close proximately to other developing markets, the region - once heavily dependent on the agricultural sector - is now progressively developing new opportunities within manufacturing and service sectors. With a wide range of alternatives according to risk tolerance - from developing economies such as Cambodia to more affluent, developed economies such as Singapore - Southeast Asia business ventures offer exciting, high-growth opportunities. 

 

Southeast Asia

To explore the diverse range of business opportunities throughout Southeast Asia, use the drop down menu above, or simply scroll through the list of respective countries.

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Brunei

population (2011): 401,890

population growth rate: 1.712%

median age: 28.4 years

official language: Bahasa Melayu

area: 5,765 km² (2,226 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $51,600

key industries

  • oil and natural gas
  • oil refining
  • liquefied natural gas (LNG)
  • construction
  Malaysia flag

Malaysia

population (2011): 28,728,607

population growth rate: 1.576%

median age: 26.8 years

official language: Bahasa Malaysia

area: 329,847 km² (127,354 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $14,700

key industries

  • wood and wood products
  • rubber and palm oil processing
  • petroleum production and refining
  • tourism
Burma flag

Burma (Myanmar)

population (2011): 53,999,804

population growth rate: 1.084%

median age: 26.9 years

official language: Burmese

area: 676,578 km² (261,227 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $1,400

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • wood and wood products
  • mining (copper, tin, tungsten, iron)
  • gems (sapphires, jade, rubies)
  Papua New Guinea flag

Papua New Guinea

population (2011): 6,187,591

population growth rate: 1.985%

median age: 21.8 years

languages: English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu

area: 462,840 km² (178,703 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $2,500

key industries

  • agriculture (coffee, tea, cocoa,...)
  • palm oil processing
  • mining (gold, silver, copper)
  • petroleum production and refining

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Philippines

population (2011): 101,833,938

population growth rate: 1.903%

median age: 22.9 years

official languages: Filipino, English

area: 300,000 km² (115,831 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $3,500

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • electronics assembly
  • garment, footwear production
  • chemicals, pharmaceuticals
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Cambodia

population (2011): 14,701,717

population growth rate: 1.698%

median age: 22.9 years

official language: Khmer

area: 181,035 km² (69,898 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $2,100

key industries

  • agriculture, rice milling
  • wood and wood products
  • textiles, garments
  • tourism
  Singapore flag

Singapore

population (2011): 4,740,737

population growth rate: 0.817%

median age: 40.1 years

languages: Eng., Malay, Chinese, Tamil

area: 697 km² (269 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $62,100

key industries

  • financial services
  • offshore drilling construction
  • biotechnology, life sciences
  • tourism (gambling/casino resorts)
East Timor flag

East Timor

population (2011): 1,177,834

population growth rate: 1.981%

median age: 22.5 years

official languages: Tetum, Portuguese

area: 14,874 km² (5,743 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $2,600

key industries

  • agriculture
  • soap manufacturing
  • woven cloth
  • handicrafts
  Thailand flag

Thailand

population (2011): 66,720,153

population growth rate: 0.566%

median age: 34.2 years

official language: Thai

area: 513,120 km² (198,115 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $8,700

key industries

  • auto, auto part manufacturing
  • electronics, computer parts
  • financial services
  • tourism
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Indonesia

population (2011): 245,613,043

population growth rate: 1.069%

median age: 28.2 years

official language: Indonesian

area: 1,904,569 km² (735,358 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $4,200

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • oil and natural gas
  • chemical, fertilizer production
  • apparel, leather products, footwear

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Laos

population (2011): 6,477,211

population growth rate: 1.684%

median age: 21 years

official language: Lao

area: 236,800 km² (91,429 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $2,500

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • mining (copper, tin, gold, gypsum)
  • garment production
  • tourism
  Vietnam flag

Vietnam

population (2011): 90,549,390

population growth rate: 1.077%

median age: 27.8 years

official language: Vietnamese

area: 331,210 km² (127,881 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $3,100

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • garment, shoe production
  • petroleum, coal, mineral mining
  • tourism