The Asian Tiger economies of South East Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and China, together with the emerging market economies of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Pakistan has seen rapid growth. It is reported that China will be the largest economy in the world by 2030 followed closely by India.
The term "emerging market economies" (EMEs) was first introduced by Antoine W. Van Agtmael, of the World Bank, in 1981 and generally defined economies with low to middle per capita incomes, constituting approximately 75% of the World's population.
The focus of most of the Asian emerging market economies has been on developing and manufacturing goods for export to the highly industrialised nations of the West. Their success is directly attributable to low wages, direct foreign investment, international capital flows, domestic government support and membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
During this process, the domestic economies and per capita incomes have grown exponentially and this has further fuelled demand.
To ensure the protection of Dividend Streams from these countries and to qualify for treaty relief and tax credits it is important to structure the inward investment in a manner that is tax efficient.
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