2nd Investor Delegation from SE Asia

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Our Economic Development Team hosted the second delegation from SE Asia this month.   This group was based out of Seoul Korea and represented interests in S. Korea, Philippines, and Malaysia.    The core focus of this conversation focused on international exchange programs around both education and business services.
Business areas included:
  • Professional high-density courses for business professional looking for advanced degrees in various business disciplines.
  • Professional briefing in both industry overviews and global market trends.
  • Professional networking services between nations based on industry focus areas.
  • Professional Industry Immersion experiences.
  • Professional and Student based training in English (  note:  With world legislation around Patents and IP center on English is becoming a critical education path for many countries to support overall workforce development.
  • Student Industry Internships.
  • Student based training in business and vocational professions.
  • Professional and Student based orientation & long term stay services ( prior to many of the services list above )
Many of these services are being implemented in countries across SE Asia as both predatory for their business professionals and students.   The goal is to embed these services in all countries to facility easy exchange and support business activities.  Individual firms in the region have contracted over 14,000 instructors from countries all over the world.
Online services are also a key component of the discussion.    Many of these programs in SE Asia have already built extensive online solutions to support both global-scale through partnerships with large technology and communication vendors.   A key learning was that no vendor provided a comprehensive solution  especially in supporting the diversity of infrastructure found between the most advanced cities and the most remote rural locations.   In most cases best of breed solutions needed to be developed and constantly evolved.
There was really strong momentum around partnership opportunities with the US academic institutions and 3rd party businesses we are working with.    Future meetings are currently being planned to discuss implementation of these services across countries.

1st Investor Delegation from SE Asia

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Our Economic Development Team hosted a foreign delegation from Vietnam that represented a large investment hedge fund based in Singapore. This particular group was travelling to the United States representing a broad spectrum of business partnerships and evaluating investment opportunities.   Three major areas of focus included:
  1. Discussions around building new international services around Innovation, Education, and Exchange.   In particular, this group was interested in international exchange services that would facility business networking,  professional & student education, and potential for two-way access to start-ups and technology.
  2. Members of this effort also represented very large scale real estate develops in emerging countries that included both high rise living and resort properties.   They were looking for strategic partnerships to US suppliers and manufacturers in the construction of these large properties due to poor materials sourcing from China.
  3. This group is also supporting a new North American-based global financial platform and was talking with our business partners about integrating this platform under many of the large real estate / campus projects.   This platform supports a broad array of credit card and analytics features on an international scale differentiated from most of the largest platforms today.   It includes aspects of currency exchange and ability to transfer funds under a process model of governance of approvals for control and audibility.   As technology increases the ability to transfer and establish governance models at various levels of society it raises a larger global issue around the movement of capital across national boundaries.   The platforms will ultimately bring new regulation around global cooperation and security but could be certainly disruptive in the mean time.
Upon the delegation returning to Asia we have continued ongoing discussions around these opportunities.