Chinese reforms have the potential to boost private consumption and transform the Asian economy. In doing so, the economic momentum will ignite GDP in the region, and make growth more sustainable.
The Economic Outlook For Asia:
Albeit nowhere near the 10 percent growth experienced by China in previous years, steady growth is still the outlook for Asia, particularly with China’s One Belt, One Road initiative steadily moving forward. According to analysts, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased 6.1 percent year-on-year in Q4 2015 and the growth is expected to continue throughout 2016. This strong growth is thanks to two important contributors:
- Exports of electronics to the United States and European Union, which have consistently gained momentum since 2013-2014.
- Solid domestic demand across much of Asia. In Japan for example, an increase in wealth has supported the growth of private consumption.
Asia’s Undisputed Dominance in Shipping:
With a large number of the world’s busiest shipping ports, such as Singapore, Shanghai, and Busan, located in Asia, the continents influence on the global shipping industry is irrefutable. To give you an example of the magnitude of their contribution to global economic growth, the port of Shanghai alone accommodates more than 32 million TEU each year.
With some of the world’s busiest shipping ports located in Asia, the continents influence on global shipping is irrefutable.
Ports and terminals are not the only place Asian shipping companies have a foothold. Despite partnerships and alliances from leading container shipping lines outside the continent, Asia-based companies, such as CSCL, OOCL, and Hanjin are remaining competitive despite facing constant economic and industry-related challenges.
The Investment Climate in Asia:
With regards to the region’s financial stability, there is increasing risk for investors who continue to pursue traditional investments. Although for the moment global stock prices have appear to have stabilized, they are still an area of concern and risk.
In contrast to traditional options, Asia’s well-established alternative investments are growing increasingly appealing, and are demonstrating that they are a great investment for the world’s more cautious investors.
Sectors that promote growth in the region are seen as the most obvious choice. Shipping for example offers investors the opportunity to invest in port infrastructure and also in equipment, such as ship-to-shore cranes and shipping container investments.
Asia’s alternative investments are growing increasingly appealing and are proving to be a great investment for cautious investors.
Investing in Asia’s Growth Industries:
Potential growth in Asia is still much higher than in other developed regions. For many economies the quality of specialization and the sophistication of industry, as well as strong exports, suggests that the investment community can expect medium-term growth for Asia in 2016. Moreover, the stronger growth experienced in advanced economies such as the United States, in addition to more competitive exchange rates, will help drive Asian exports ever-higher. This will provide a great experience for investors and strengthen confidence in the shipping industry and the region.
China’s ambitious reform agenda, which has placed emphasis on private consumption, working in combination with some key investments made by the world’s leading shipping companies will help accelerate the re-balancing of the global economy. That said, private consumption (as a share of GDP) in Asia is expected to rise over the medium term, reaching nearly 40 percent of GDP, and deliver more sustainable growth to investors’ portfolios.