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Southeast Asia

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Emerging from the pandemic, Vietnam must position itself for recovery

– As it emerges from COVID-19, Vietnam’s domestic economy is set to return to growth, but not until the global economy bounces back.
Commentary

How can the economies of emerging Asia respond to COVID-19?

– The region’s informal, cash-based economies and the unique vulnerabilities of their populations make resolute action more... essential now than ever.
Article

Exploring an alternative pathway for Vietnam’s energy future

– Renewables have the potential to become the lowest-cost option for Vietnam to meet its energy needs.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Smart cities in Southeast Asia

– Smart solutions can help cities across the region manage the next stage of growth.
Article

Defending Southeast Asian consumer-company value in a digital age

– Consumer expectations and new technologies are rapidly changing revenues and profits in the consumer-packaged-goods market. Incumbent... companies can prepare by adjusting their business models.
Report

Automation and the future of work in Indonesia

– To fully capture the productivity boost of automation, Indonesia’s government, business community, and educational institutions... must work together in a concerted way to address skills transitions.
Interview

Building self-sustaining public transport: An interview with William Sabandar, president director of MRT Jakarta

– Jakarta’s flagship rapid-transit project has proven successful within its first year. MRT’s director envisions a total... of 230 kilometers of railway alleviating some of the world’s worst congestion.
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Digital banking in Indonesia: Building loyalty and generating growth

– Indonesian consumers are embracing digital banking. To attract them, banks need to take an active approach.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

‘Superstars’: The dynamics of firms, sectors, and cities leading the global economy

– Is there a superstar effect? McKinsey Global Institute research uncovers the dynamics of superstar firms, sectors, and cities... in the global economy.
Article

Moving past the ‘pilot trap’ to unleash Industry 4.0 in Indonesia

– Governments and businesses must find ways to create confidence in new manufacturing technologies and help early adopters get past... initial implementation.
Article

Exploring an alternative pathway for Vietnam’s energy future

– Renewables have the potential to become the lowest-cost option for Vietnam to meet its energy needs.

Perspectives on the future of Asia

ASEAN’s transformation to a global player

Kaushik Das, managing partner in McKinsey’s Southeast Asia offices, discusses ASEAN’s growth and expansion, and how its economy has stayed resilient despite political volatility.

The rise of digital and data flows in Singapore

Diaan-Yi Lin, senior partner and managing partner in McKinsey’s Singapore office, discusses how digital platforms have transformed global trade flows, and how this affects Asian countries such as Singapore.

Generational change for Southeast Asian companies

Kaushik Das, managing partner of McKinsey in Southeast Asia, discusses how technology has been adopted far more rapidly in the region than in other parts of the world, meaning Southeast Asian corporates don’t have to follow the development curve adopted by Western companies.

The forces shaping Asia’s future

Oliver Tonby, chairman of McKinsey in Asia, discusses the reasons to be positive about the outlook of the Asian economy and how the region is strengthening its position as the epicenter of global growth. He identifies the questions that are on CEOs’ minds and touches on why the key worry for Asian cities is sustainability.

What’s next for manufacturing and supply chains

Alpesh Patel, director of McKinsey’s Digital Capability Center, discusses the need for CEOs to be business backed instead of business forward. He also speaks about the relentless growth of analytics, how automation is shaping manufacturing, and the need for people to remain at the center of transformation.

Winning in Asia’s consumer markets

Dymfke Kuijpers, a senior partner in McKinsey’s Singapore office, discusses shifts in consumer and consumption behavior, largely due to the presence of new tech companies such as Go-Jek and Uber Eats. Consumers are asking how they will live healthily in the future, especially with obesity rates on the rise.

Asia’s energy transition

Azam Mohammad, who leads McKinsey’s energy and basic-materials work in Southeast Asia, says the future of the energy sector in Asia is going to be driven by renewables, supported by innovative energy technology such as floating storage re-gas units. He also discusses how Asian companies should move beyond being purely oil and gas companies to being energy companies.