Posts Tagged ‘Taiwan’

It seems like Asia may be encountering a few too many IBs around at the moment, (15 altogether – nine bank-backed and six non-bank backed). But which ones are doing really well? Apparently the CIMB group has a lot to say for itself, having been described as “ambitious” in its attempts at becoming a “leading universal bank in South- East Asia, providing a full array of banking services ranging from savings accounts to large corporate transactions for fund-raising.”

Going Global

What initially prompted CIMB to become global occurred in 2005 when it acquired RM500mil of GK Goh Holdings Ltd, which apparently gave the bank access to markets in the region, as well as London. Further to that, the bank purchased the Bumiptura Commerce Bank, Southern Bank, PT Bank Niaga and Bank Thai. Acquiring a “strong balance sheet” led CIMB to greater places.

IB Growth

There has been other regional growth for some of the non-bank IBs too. For example, OSK Investment Bank has established various advancement strategies while working hard on putting itself into the “smaller and mid-cap market as well as research capabilities.” Much of its profit hails from Asia, with 30 percent of its “overseas pre-tax profit” hailing from Singapore. Currently the bank is looking to establish its presence in Thailand and Cambodia. In the former country it is doing this with the purchase of BFIT Securities public Co. and in the latter it now boasts “a full-fledged commercial bank with nine branches as well as license for stockbroking and corporate finance.” OSK IB sees the necessity now to pump up its “institutional equity capability.” If it does this successfully in Hong Kong, it will be well on its way to establishing a very solid presence throughout the Asian region since it sees this country as “one of the largest financial gateways.”

There has been significant restructuring in OSK as well as new employees in an attempt to go further in its markets and develop a presence in Europe while “exposing the Asian markets to the Europeans.” As well the company is looking into what they can do in South Korea, Taiwan and China.

 

 

Good news for Taiwanese investors follows the recent announcement from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs that Taiwan will be opening up its technical sector (that until now had been extremely closed) to Chinese investment (which will begin slow).  This comes simultaneous to relations between China and Taiwan that are “steadily improving.”  As well, it is in sync with the work Ma Ying-jeou (Taiwan’s President) has been doing to “bolster the island’s economy” with help from the Chinese.  Part of this is buying products from Taiwan.

 


At a recent American Enterprise Institute discussion of Taiwan and the ECFA, Council for Economic Planning and Development Minister Christina Liu said it would be full steam ahead if markets were reaping economic benefits and the ECFA was the right policy.  Things would completely change however, if Taiwan moved toward independence, but this probably wouldn’t be the case as most Taiwanese want to maintain the status quo which might translate to her saying the ECFA wouldn’t be accepted under Taiwanese independence or that China would withdraw benefits in such a situation.


 

The upcoming 2011 Renewable Energy Exhibition (Lyon, France), will be privy to the latest green products’ catalogs from Taiwan as well as a demonstration of Taiwantrade.  Taiwantrade is a powerful B2B website, developed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and e-sourcing platform providing clients with tons of information on current trade events, industries news and more. It assists Taiwanese companies with all sorts of developments and is a quality product at a reasonable price.  In terms of its green products, this is not new to a country rated number four in the world of solar modules manufacturing and solar cells.  As well it was rated number 6 in the world for green-energy technology and number two in Asia as an eco-solutions developer.
Also at the exhibition, there will be an attempt to develop cohesion in business with French and European companies while educating on the 50 Taiwanese green suppliers.  TAITRA “will be providing the most comprehensive sourcing services.”