Category: Spirethoughts

M&A dealings in MENA

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region saw 130 inbound and outbound merger and acquisition (M&A) deals, valued at USD 60 billion, in the first half of 2020.

Cybersecurity in India

India prioritises cybersecurity, with policies ranging from training law enforcement personnel on how to fight cybercrime to holding public awareness campaigns on digital finance security to nurturing cybersecurity start-ups.

Affordable Internet lets Gen Z do more

Known as the generation of digital natives, Generation Z has been exposed to technology and the internet from a very young age. Today, they use the internet for an average of 4 to 6 hours a day for social interaction as well as for job searches and entertainment.

Reaching Gen Z’s Digital Dollars

Indonesia’s Generation Z (Gen Z) is frequently online, for social interaction and also to use digital solutions for banking and making cashless payments. Between 20 and 25 years old, they spend an average of one third of their day on their phones.

Digitalising Malaysia’s Franchise Industry

Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO) measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 caused a substantial loss of income for the franchise industry. However, the country also recorded a 28.9% jump in online sales during this period, as it becomes the ideal alternative for consumers.

Traditions go online

Mooncakes are traditional Chinese bakery pastries that are eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival, marked on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. They typically have a thin tender crust, with fillings that include red bean or lotus seed paste, and may include salted egg yoke. The Chinese often give these pastries as gifts to relatives, friends and business associates. The popularity of mooncakes has grown beyond its Chinese origins and spread to Asia and even the West, where it is enjoyed as a delicacy.

Indonesians ‘dine-out’ at home

Indonesia’s Food and Beverage (F&B) industry contributes more than 40%, or USD 27.5 billion, to its creative economy, with full-service restaurants making up over 77% of the F&B services sector.

India’s ambitious plans for infrastructure development

The logistics sector has received significant attention from authorities in India. The government has invested heavily into developing and integrating infrastructure across the country, such as the 3,200km Dedicated Freight Corridor to improve rail corridor connectivity from the east to the west, and the USD220 billion Sagarmala and Bharatmala initiatives.