This is Asia's century. As the economic center of gravity shifts East and the world transitions from a financially leveraged model to a demographically driven one, Asia is well positioned to benefit from these trends.
All indications are pointing towards the fact that Asia will continue to be an exciting place to invest. Over the next 50 years it is expected that Emerging Asia will achieve a stronger international position and the region’s economies will play an increasingly predominant role in global growth.
Asia is the largest continent in the world, with four billion people, or 60 per cent of the world's total population. The Asian economies are gearing towards satisfying domestic demand, which is likely to result in tremendous economic growth. This push to stimulate internal consumption is expected to create appealing investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, real estate, financial services and healthcare.
At the same time that economic power is shifting East, Asia and the Gulf are growing increasingly interconnected. In past centuries, Arab dhows sailed the Indian Ocean, and Asian caravans carried textiles and spices along the Silk Route. Now trade between the GCC and Emerging Asia is growing at a rate of 25% per year. GCC natural resources are helping to fuel Eastern growth. This has resulted in the emergence of a "New Silk Road", an important eastern corridor, re-connecting the two regions.