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Center for Livable Cities: stronger and sustainable cities for better trade relations

The success of Asian-Latin American trade depends on its ability to maximize competitive synergies.

Latin America and Southeast Asia are two rapidly growing regions, whose emerging markets and commercial synergies provide substantial trade and business relations.  According to International Enterprise Singapore (IES), Latin America's 580 million people, 80 percent of whom live in cities, provide an excellent opportunity for Asian technology and manufacturing companies to grow their brands. Companies like Tsingtao Brewery, Kikkoman Corporation, Able Cosmetic, Huawei, Mitsubishi, and Tata are already active in the region. But there is more to these territories than just their commercial facets. “Beyond the benefits of understanding the commercial dynamics needed by both regions, we also see that there is a lot we could do and learn from each other in addressing the issue of rapid urbanization in emerging markets and cities”, explains Dr. LiminHee, Deputy Director at Singapore's Center for Liveable Cities, a think tank focusing on creating and sharing knowledge from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, and applying it to three main areas: research, capability development and promotion.

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