UOB sets up new unit in anticipation of increasing Hong Kong-Southeast Asian trade flows
Singapore, 17 September 2013 – UOB Hong Kong today announced plans to double the Bank’s cross-border business to Hong Kong-based companies expanding into Southeast Asia within the next three years.
The Bank has based its projections on the fast-growing volumes of foreign direct investments (FDI) into Southeast Asia and the rising intra-regional trade flows within the region. From 2007 to 2012, trade between Hong Kong and the Southeast Asia region grew by 26 per cent to US$93.57 billion.
Mrs. Christine Ip, Chief Executive and Managing Director, UOB Hong Kong said, “Southeast Asia’s steady economic growth and financial stability makes it an important region for Hong Kong-based companies. Our customers recognise that UOB’s extensive Southeast Asian network is a natural fit when it comes to facilitating their business and financial needs.”
From the first half of 2012 to the first half of 2013, UOB’s business flows3 between Hong Kong and Southeast Asia increased 51 per cent. To help companies with their Southeast Asian business expansion plans, UOB Hong Kong today announced the launch of its dedicated FDI Advisory Unit.
The Unit will give UOB customers access to the Bank’s full suite of corporate and personal banking products and enable them to tap into its extensive banking network in Southeast Asia. Customers can also benefit from UOB’s relationships with strategic partners in legal, audit, business consultancy and key government agencies.
Mrs Ip said, “UOB’s strength lies in originating deal flows from Hong Kong and helping companies with their business expansion plans into Southeast Asia. Our deep Southeast Asian heritage makes us the ideal partner to help companies from industries such as manufacturing, infrastructural services, trading, wholesale and retail tap into the region’s economic transformation.”
Mr. William Ong, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of VST Holdings Limited said, “UOB is our core partnership bank. Through leveraging on UOB’s strong regional franchise in Asia and ASEAN, we have obtained tremendous support from UOB teams in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. This has helped our Group to continue expanding our businesses around the region.”
Tomorrow, the Unit will host UOB Hong Kong’s first symposium for clients to explore Southeast Asia’s growth potential and business opportunities. The symposium is organised by UOB, with the support of Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, Myanmar Investment Commission and the Bank’s FDI Advisory partners in the region.
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