Foreign Investment in Southeast Asia in the Twentieth by J. Lindblad

By J. Lindblad

This monograph is the 1st book-length research of international direct funding in Southeast Asia in the course of either the overdue colonial interval and within the modern interval. It examines the major Southeast Asian nations receiving international funding this century. the coming of present day Asian traders, from Japan and the 4 Asian NICs, is defined after a short dialogue of the transitionary interval of war, decolonization and statement of newly self sustaining states. unique consciousness is given to the influence of overseas funding at the fiscal improvement of the host country.

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Boomgaard & Gooszen 1991: 121,224). In a ranking by FDI per capita Malaya, therefore, emerges far ahead of the rest. 2). Colonial Indonesia got the largest slice of accumulated FDI in the region simply because it was so large. Malaya ranked second on account of a relatively high intensity of FDI. Before the Second World War the Philippines counted as one of the wealthier countries in the region whereas colonial Indone sia was probably the poorest. GDP per capita in 1938 amounted to $43 in the Philippines against $32 in Burma or Thailand and $23 in colonial Indonesia (Booth 17 .

6 Total FDI stockc. 1989: composition by sector however, the entire oil sector obviously consists of refining. In the 'Houston of Asia' petroleum thus counts as a manufacturing activity. In Thailand and the Philippines, oil accounts for most of mining. Yet here the main emphasis is on exploration rather than actual production, let alone refining. Manufacturing can mean many things, The largest industry in foreign-controlled manufacturing is chemicals in the Philippines, basic metals and metal products in Indonesia but electrical equipment and electronics in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia (Ariff 1992: 8; United Nations 1992: 147,223,266,320).

FDI volumes need to be compared again with national income and export data . 2). The very high share of FDI in Singapore's GDP gives an unambiguous testimony to the close link between foreign capital inflows and rapid economic growth in the city state, Indonesia now occupies an intermediate position whereas the ratio between FDI and GDP is particularly low for both Thailand and the Philipp ines. The ratios in the late 1980s were generally lower than those inferred for the late 1930s. This difference cannot be ascribed to inflation since price rises would affect FDI and GDP equally.

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