Southeast Asia Infrastructure interviewed Srinivas Sampath to ask him about the road ahead for infrastructure investment in ASEAN countries, impact of Covid-19 on the region and his goals for Southeast Asia during the next decade.
The investment and finance scenario in Southeast Asia remained under pressure whilst facing a multitude of macro challenges. The onset of the US-China trade war, coupled with the sudden emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, led to economic growth hitting a plateau in the region.
Private equity (PE) is a growing market in Southeast Asia. Attracted by the region’s healthy demographics and robust economic growth, many PE funds have decided to invest in the sector within the region.
With Southeast Asia facing a funding deficit to meet its burgeoning energy and infrastructure needs, the region needs stronger coordination, skills and transparency in elevating sustainable projects to investors, according to the findings of a report by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA).