Asia's Technology Boom
In collaboration with the Nikkei and Financial Times joint enterprise
The ongoing pandemic has brought the power of technology into sharp focus, as the physical constraints of the health crisis accelerate the use of big data and digitalisation in daily life. Today, the global tech innovation ecosystem created over the past decade is at its most dynamic, especially in Asia. Strong investment is a major reason. Where are traditional and new investors putting their money? Which countries in Asia are seeing the fastest technology growth? Even before the pandemic caused a surge in digitalisation, a semiconductor shortage had begun to hurt industry. How has the world responded? Established chips makers in Taiwan, South Korea and the US aim to ramp up production, but newcomers China and India are likely to contribute significantly as well. Can Asia’s manufacturers avert a semiconductor crisis, and bolster global industry?
Asia’s Investment in Innovation
Asia’s technological growth is fuelled in large part by a huge surge in investment in start-ups. Where is the financing coming from? Chinese money is mainly driving China’s start-ups, and Singaporean funding is being ploughed into Southeast Asia. Where are traditional investors such as the US, Japan and South Korea putting their money? What has been the impact of the pandemic?
Q&A with a Unicorn
Powered by strong investment, Asia is leading the world in tech start-ups, many of which have turned into unicorns. This segment examines the past, present and future scenario for one of these successful start-ups.
Meeting a Semiconductor Shortage
Even before the pandemic caused an increase in digitalisation, a chips shortage had begun to hurt industry. Established semiconductor manufacturers have begun to boost output, but their newer rivals from China and India also would add considerable supply. Can Asia’s chips makers bolster global industry?
World-class business leaders and speakers
The importance of investment in Asia’s technology innovation, and the implications of a chips shortage on industry
With policy-makers, and business, technology and finance leaders to exchange ideas on Asia’s tech future
Why investors are betting on Asia’s technology boom, and how the region’s chips producers could shore up global industry
The first event of the series: The First 100 Days
The Biden administration has moved quickly to reverse some controversial policy decisions made by Donald Trump, especially on pandemic management, climate change and health insurance. A $1.9 trillion stimulus package could revive the COVID-19-battered US economy, with a positive influence on the global economy. A revival of US interest in trade pacts, and a more nuanced approach to the crucial US-China relationship could help to usher in a new era of globalisation. The Financial Times and Nikkei held an exclusive online discussion in April on the Biden administration’s policies as it neared its first 100 days in power, and the implications of those policies for Asia, post-pandemic.
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