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    Supply chain centres

    Optimising supply chain activities is a priority for many companies in Asia. As well as centralising procurement processes, some companies are seeking further efficiency by setting up global supply chain centres which can centralise both procurement and treasury activities.

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    A healthy supply

    Supplier finance is often seen as a solution too good to be true. And whilst corporates operating in Europe and the US may now have seen the benefits it can bring, many here in Asia are only just beginning to realise its potential. So what makes a successful supplier financing programme? Treasury Today Asia speaks to a number of experts to find out.

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    Digital flows

    The digitisation of trade has been a long time coming. It would seem however, that real momentum is beginning to build and that trade is truly beginning to enter the digital era. But what does a digital trading ecosystem mean for corporates and what may a fully digital trading ecosystem look like? Treasury Today explores.

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    Trade winds

    In recent years, trade growth has failed to outpace the rate of global economic growth, for the first time since 1985. The impact of this has been felt in Asia especially, as the world’s most vibrant trading region, impacting both its economies and companies alike. In this article, we look at what corporate treasurers can do to navigate the business through these difficult times, and also how new technology is transforming trade finance.

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    India: the new factory of the world

    Much has been made of China and its position as the world’s largest manufacturing and trading nation. Yet, as wages in China rise corporates are increasingly looking beyond the country to other markets. India is looking to take advantage of this opportunity and mobilise its enormous workforce. In this article we explore the steps India is taking to make it a business friendly location and what corporates need to know when trading with and in the country.

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    Trading places

    The last two decades have seen a seismic shift in global trade corridors. Where once trade was conducted primarily between developed western nations; today, emerging markets, and more specifically Asia, are now at the heart of those flows. So with trading relationships extending further afield and encompassing a broader range of companies than ever before, what has the impact been on international treasurers?

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    The trouble with preferential treatment

    While free trade agreements continue to proliferate at a remarkable pace in Asia, the utilisation rates are on the whole negligible. Is this because governments have not effectively communicated the benefits? Or are FTAs simply not all they are cracked up to be?

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    The shipping forecast

    Paper documentation has been the mainstay in the trade space for a very long time. But in recent years the conversion to a digital format of some elements has taken place. Is paper really on its way out?

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    Spotlight on project finance

    In addition to funding their own projects, companies with healthy balance sheets are set to increase their investment in projects that would previously have been funded from state coffers. In this article, we look at the evolving world of project finance.

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    The new trade paradigm in ASEAN

    Here marks the beginning of a new dawn for companies trading in the ASEAN region. China may remain the dominant player across most markets in South East Asia – for now. But the upsurge in intra-ASEAN trade has been the biggest story in the region over the past few years. With the imminent arrival of ASEAN Economic Community, this trends looks to accelerate even further in the years to come. In this article, we ask what the new trade paradigm will mean for corporates and the demand for trade solutions in the region.