Asia is a continent with huge potential and a multitude of growth opportunities in various industries. The tech industry in the region is growing at a fast pace, though it is not the only opportunity that can be found. There are many other rising industries, and they remain untapped at this day.
One of the many reasons to invest in Asia is because of the continent’s fast-developing high-tech environment.
While everyone knows about the innovation coming out of Silicon Valley, companies from tech hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo are under the radar of many investors and there are many stocks in Asia that are on the cutting edge, yet have a very attractive valuation.
Mobile is becoming very big, with some markets’ growth predicted to be hugely reliant on it in the near future. A report from Forrester expects online spending in China to reach US$1 trillion in 4 years through the growing use of mobile apps.
An environment where people will use more mobile devices with improved networks, increased application usage, and more e-commerce entails emerging opportunities for every type of business.
Investing in Asia is Investing in the World
Another reason Asia should be on any investor’s radar is because of its huge market size. The continent’s population is very large, with an estimated 4.3 billion people living in the Asia-Pacific region in 2014, according to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia.
This represents 60% of the world’s population, not only entailing a huge pool of potential customers, but also for untapped talent that has yet to be discovered.
A growing population along with an easier access and an evolving tech industry will enable more talent to grow in the field of engineering and design,, adding to the Asian market’s performance. Opportunities in Asia are limitless with this large base of potential customers and promising future talents.
There is still a lot of room for creativity, innovation and unique opportunities as most of Asia is not already in the mature stage that the United States and Western Europe is. The start-up environment is growing at an incredible speed, making it a very inspiring place to conduct business in.
According to CB Insights, Beijing, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangalore figured in the top 6 cities in the world to grow the fastest in venture-capital deals and dollars last year. Indeed, deals increased by 165% between 2013 and 2014 in Beijing.
India is the fastest growing startup ecosystem in the world according to a study conducted by the National Association of Software and Service Companies. India is launching nearly 800 startups per year.
Furthermore, the major Asian cities are equipped with advanced and developed infrastructure. This facilitates the process of business creation, and enables rapid growth. Asia has received a lot of investment both in economic and social infrastructure, and improvements are already clearly visible.
These investments also help to reduce barriers for trade. Entry of foreign businesses in Asia is easier and more opportunities are rising. For example, Japan now has less demanding requirements for foreigners to start their businesses in the country as they no longer need a permanent residence.
A growing trend of economic liberalization, an untapped pool of consumers and talent, great infrastructure and a rapidly growing start-up scene all bode well for Asia in the 21st century.
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