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Posco, South Korea

South Korea's catalyst for growth

A joint venture between South Korea’s Posco Chemtech and Japan’s Mitsubishi is testimony to the ongoing vibrancy and relevance of South Korea’s chemicals industry.

South Korea means business

South Korea means business

South Korea's economy has flourished in the past few decades, thanks in no small part to the success of global conglomerates such as Kia, Hyundai and Samsung. But does the dominance of these companies stifle competition in the country, and make it vulnerable to a global downturn?

The FTA gateway to growth for South Korea

The FTA gateway to growth for South Korea

South Korea has the unenviable task of setting itself up as an investment destination that can challenge nearby heavyweights China and Japan. However, the innovative use of free-trade agreements and pro-business policies are helping the country establish itself as a gateway into north-west Asia.

The search for a better balance

Will free zones bring a better balance to South Korea's economy?

Over the past decade, the South Korean government has attempted to diversify its economy and lessen its reliance on exports through the development of eight free economic zones, each with its own specialism. Barbara Njau reports on their progress.

South Korea launches its international finance centre

South Korea is challenging the status of Hong Kong and Singapore as Asia's leading financial hubs, with the launch of its own international finance centre in Seoul.

View from Asia October/November 2012

Asian countries must focus more on long-term aftercare.

South Korean investors forced to play the long game

South Korean investors forced to play the long game

South Korea has seen its export-focused economy slow in the global economic downturn, leading its government to launch a fiscal stimulus package to encourage growth and leaving investors hoping that the country can regain its momentum in the long term.

German automotive OEM sector witnesses decline in job creation

In 2008 more than 3000 jobs were created as a result of FDI in the German automotive original equipment manufacturing sector, but job creation has been in decline since.

Asias IFCs shift up a gear

Asia's financial centres make presence felt

As the global economic balance of power shifts from west to east, international financial centres in Asia are growing in prominence at the expense of their developed world counterparts. But is this shift a permanent one?

Indonesia keeping up with the neighbours

Will Indonesia's masterplan see it live up to its potential?

Indonesia has achieved significant economic growth in the past three years and now, with the help of a new development plan, its government has set the ambitious target of transforming the country into a major economic power by 2025. Can Indonesia compete on the same stage as Asia's behemoth economies such as India and China, or will the basic issues of infrastructure and inflation continue to hold it back?

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