SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 7 April 2021 - APREA celebrates its 16th
anniversary with the association's mission redefined: To
promote growth in the real assets sector by being the voice of members in all policy matters,
providing access to industry-advancing research and insights and connecting
members to business opportunities.
Asia's economic transformation
over the past 60 years has been unprecedented with the 21st century being
described as the "Asian Century". Despite the pandemic turmoil, Asia remains
the locus of future global growth, expected to boast the largest economies in
the world including China, Japan, India and the ASEAN region in 2030 and
beyond. Driven by demographic tailwinds, urbanization in the Asia Pacific is an
epic boom that will drive the growth of its middle-class and with it, a cycle
of rising consumption. Real assets are a play into the region's structural
megatrends that will outlive the pandemic.
Asian Century - Real Assets Growth
The Asian Development Bank
estimates that the region will need to invest $26 trillion from 2016 to 2030 if
the region is to maintain its growth momentum, eradicate poverty and respond to
climate change – that works out to US$1.7 trillion a year to the end of the
decade. Currently, only about US$900 million are estimated to be invested
annually. In other words, if policies are conducive for the private sector to
step in to fill this void, Asia Pacific provides an infrastructure investment
opportunity of over US$8 trillion over the next ten years.
"Infrastructure is ultimately
what translates the impact
of urbanization into benefits for real estate. With the requirements needed by
the rapidly developing economies that will eventually host more than half of the
world's megacities, investments into infrastructure development in the Asia
Pacific is a cycle that will be played out over decades," commented Mr. John
Lim, Chairman of APREA, also Co-Founder & Deputy Chairman of ARA Asset
Infrastructure demand is expected to increase
exponentially, thus, enabling sustainable financing of these massive projects to
gain traction. And there will be opportunities for the private sector to participate,
as many of the infrastructure initiatives align with ESG allocations,
re-development, connectivity, and economic growth.
Economic Aspirations – The Key Regional Drivers
The economic ambitions of the region will provide the necessary impetus
to power infrastructure spending and lift it out of the coronavirus slump.
China has announced plans to
focus on developing "new infrastructure" to reach development targets. Key infrastructure
investment plans announced for the next 5-7 years will require close to US$7
trillion. Bets are also placed on India's infrastructure sector. The
Indian government, in its latest budget, has pledged to expand expenditure into
its US$1.5 trillion infrastructure pipeline, creating financing institutions
that can open the role of capital markets in infrastructure financing.
In Southeast Asia, ambitious infrastructure projects are
happening across the region. President Duterte's "Build! Build! Build!"
infrastructure plan in the Philippines is underway with 75 different
projects expected to cost US$180 billion. In Indonesia, a high-speed
rail system connecting the 140-km trip between Jakarta and Bandung is also
"As it stands, Southeast Asia's US$2.4 trillion economy is the
seventh-largest in the world and is forecasted to jump to fourth largest in Asia
Pacific by 2050. Its workforce will grow by a further 60 million while its urban
population is expected to rise by an additional 90 million by 2030. The reality
is that ASEAN needs infrastructure development if it wants to sustain its
economic growth," says APREA's Chief Executive Officer, Miss Sigrid Zialcita.
Plans to integrate the region's economies will also fuel another
infrastructure boom. While China's Belt Road Initiative has undoubtedly headlined
the effort to connect Asia, they are by no means alone. Japan
articulated its own Partnership for Quality Infrastructure to expand funding in
the region's infrastructure development. Infrastructure diplomacy programmes
have also seen U.S. and Australia collaborate on infrastructure projects
in the region. Similarly, the European Union has its own "Connecting Europe and Asia" strategy.
All this points to an internationalization of capital in the Asia Pacific.
The Rise and Rise of REITs
Government policies in the region will continue to be conducive with significant
efforts made by fast-growing countries to develop their own REIT regimes.
Economies are in a race to secure their REIT future and
significant momentum will be created as regulators strive to stay ahead of the game. Further
growth of the asset class will also be propelled by the participation of the
region's largest emerging economies. As the REIT movement accelerates in the
region, the stock of institutionalized assets will continue to grow.
capitalization of the region's REITs has risen from under US$6 billion at the
dawn of the new century to over US$315 billion now.
are significant drivers to contemplate that once China's and India's REIT
markets are established and mature, Asia Pacific will sit as the Global REIT
epicenter with total market capitalization to hit over US$1 trillion by the
end of the decade, surpassing that of the US," said Miss Zialcita.
Massive Opportunities Ahead
By 2030, seven of the world's 10 largest megacities will be in the Asia
Pacific. The region's urban population will expand by close to three billion. Increasingly, the
region is emerging to be an investment hotspot for cross border investors. Additionally,
the region remains a hot
bed of construction activity and as its cities continue to grow, the
fundamental demand for real estate and infrastructure will increase in tandem. As economic focus increasingly turns to longer-term recovery, infrastructure investments and REITs are a crucial part of this
equation, to fast track the region's recovery from the pandemic and secure its
"The benefits of investing in institutionalized assets will be more
evident as the world inches towards a post-pandemic future. Allocations to the
region from global investors can only continue to rise and the securitization
of the very assets so critical in driving its growth will be a massive
investment opportunity. Asia
Pacific remains primed to take advantage of this revolution in real assets. APREA's goal is to pave the
way for the advancement of investment opportunities into the region's real assets,"
said Mr. John Lim.
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From left to right
Top Row: Mr Dato' Stewart Labrooy, Chairman of APREA SE Asia Market Chapter, Mr Hideki Yano, Chairman of APREA Japan Chapter, Mr Lijian Chen, Chairman of APREA China Chapter
Second Row: Mr SRINIWASAN S., Co-chairman of APREA India Chapter, Mr. John Lim, Chairman of APREA and Miss Sigrid Zialcita, Chief Executive Officer of APREA, Mr Neel Raheja, Chairman of APREA India Chapter
Third Row: Ms Ada Wong, Chairperson of APREA Hong Kong Chapter, Mr Trevor Cooke, Chairman of APREA Australia Chapter, Mr Andy Tan, Chairman of APREA Singapore Chapter
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From left to right: Mr Andy Tan, Chairman of APREA Singapore Chapter, Mr. John Lim, Chairman of APREA and Miss Sigrid Zialcita, Chief Executive Officer of APREA.
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Mr. John Lim, Chairman of APREA, also Co-Founder & Deputy Chairman of ARA Asset Management Limited.
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