Malaysia’s Generation Z is the generation that grew up with the internet for all of their lives. They make up 26% of Malaysia’s population and have unique characteristics that set them apart from the Millenials and Baby Boomers, particularly in the way they consume content and relate to brands.
With Southeast Asia’s (SEA) consumer goods market valued at almost US$100 billion, it is rapidly becoming a choice destination for growth opportunities. In 2018 alone, SEA registered sales value growth of +3.4% as compared to 2017, and this growth is nearly double of that for the previous year.
In the final quarter of 2018, Vietnam continued to be placed among the most optimistic countries globally. It is ranked 4th in the world for having the most positive consumers with Consumer Confidence Index of 122 percentage points (pp) after India, Philippines and Indonesia.
Consumers in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets are aspirational, future-oriented and confident. Its markets have young and confident populations with increasing spending capacity. For companies which are looking to expand thier business and to tap new opportunities, this is the place to make the next big bets.
While ASEAN has been enjoying economic recognition in recent years, many businesses approach the region as a single entity and surprisingly, little is known about the many cities and regions that make up the archipelago.
The spread and influence of technology over the next five years will be a key driver of change across the globe. However, there will be regional differences and some countries will leapfrog traditional cycles of development.
Any multinational looking for solid growth should be taking a hard look at India. In 2015, India’s economy will grow faster than China’s for the first time in 16 years. In fact, the IMF forecasts India’s GDP growth to expand by 7.5% this year and next.