Category: Insights

China’s New Silk Road Initiative – An integrated trade strategy for the 21st century?

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), announced in 2013, is not only China’s most ambitious global infrastructure project but also one of the largest ever attempted anywhere. It aims to develop a free trade zone and improve global connectivity across the Eurasian landmass. With an estimated investment of USD4 to 8 trillion and affecting over 70 countries, can China successfully connect all these economies together?

Innovation in agriculture – Meeting global food security needs

Humankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to the concurrent degradation of land, water, climate and biodiversity on a global scale. The human population is set to reach 10 billion people by 2050, increasing the global demand for agricultural products by 70 per cent. By 2022, India will surpass China as the most populous country in the world. Will innovation in agriculture be able to feed the global population?

The Philippines – Asia’s next economic powerhouse?

The Philippines is emerging as one of Asia’s most dynamic economies, with a forecasted growth rate of 6.9 per cent in 2018 driven by investment and private consumption. The economy recorded growth of over 6 per cent in 2017, for the sixth straight year, thanks to buoyant government spending, exports and a recovery in the agricultural sector. Will this Southeast Asian tiger be able to maintain its momentum?

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Market study on cross-border ICT services in major global markets

Spire Research and Consulting was appointed by the U.S. Chambers of Commerce to quantify the global economic impact of countries liberalizing the acceptance of cross-border Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services. The study was carried out in Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Turkey, Nigeria, Vietnam and the European Union. The U.S. Chambers of Commerce published the results of this study on their corporate website.

Spire E-Newsletter Summer Issue 2019

Spire E-Newsletter Winter Issue 2018

15 June 2017 Spire Singapore hosted its first Client Entertainment Night of the year. Our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” – Disney’s fifth installment in the Pirates franchise. The event was held at Cathay Cineleisure […]

The pet economy boom in Asia

With the increase in pet ownership, healthcare and spending, Asia’s pet industry is expected to grow at 14.3 per cent annually from 2016 to 2021. Pet ownership as well as expenditure per pet is increasing. Will Asia become the next global hub for pet-related products and services?

Bangladesh – A journey from poverty to development

Equivalent to the combined population of the Netherlands, Germany and France, Bangladesh is home to 160 million people. Although it is ranked as one of the world’s poorest of the 10 most populous countries, its economy grew by 7.1 per cent in 2016, a 30 year record. The country is starting to attract the attention of global companies. Can Bangladesh make poverty history?

The next stage for Asia’s mobile internet

Asia leads the world in mobile internet access. The region’s mobile data pipes are getting not just bigger but “smarter”, so as to keep pace with growing smartphone and tablet populations. To recoup their investments in next generation, high-capacity mobile internet technologies such as 4G TD-LTE, Wi-Fi Hotspots and 3G TD-SCDMA in China, operators will need to sell innovative value-added services over these pipes. In this paper, Spire Research and Consulting argues that the key opportunity lies not just in streaming music and movies, but also in cloud applications for the workplace, high-quality VoIP and a whole host of niche applications like simultaneous language translation and healthcare applications for eldercare.

The New Influencers: A Marketer’s Guide to the New Social Media

Paul Gillin, former editor-in-chief of Computerworld, begins this book with the basics of blogging. He defines and explores the concept of blogging and the issues that surround it, addressing a wide spectrum of social media, including podcasting, vlogging (blogging with videos) and viral video.

Comparative Analysis for R&D in Malaysia

Malaysia’s overall manufacturing sector grew at an average annual growth of 9% from 1993 to 2000. Electrical and electronic products accounted for 21% of Malaysia’s total manufacturing assets in 1998. This was followed by the petroleum, coal, basic metal and nonmetallic mineral sector, which accounted for a combined total of 31% of the total manufacturing assets. The remaining 48% of all manufacturing assets was in textile, wood related products, chemicals, paper products & printing, fabricated metal products, transport equipments and machineries.