Asia Unhedged | Vietnam leads, as Southeast Asia infrastructure spending race heats up
Labourers work at a construction site of a bridge as part of highway 5 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Reuters
Labourers work at a construction site of a bridge as part of highway 5 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Reuters
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Vietnam leads, as Southeast Asia infrastructure spending race heats up

Vietnam's infrastructure spending as percentage of GDP is tops in the region

March 24, 2017 12:23 AM (UTC+8)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) found Vietnam has been spending the most on public and private infrastructure of any Southeast Asian nation in percent of gross domestic product.

Bloomberg reports the country’s push to attract investment has seen the average spending over recent years rise to 5.7%, compared with China’s 6.8%. Some neighbors lag far behind, with Malaysia and Thailand spending less than 2%. Indonesia and the Philippines don’t fare much better at less than 3%.

According to ADB estimates, Southeast Asian economies will need US$26 trillion in infrastructure spending by 2030 to meet needs.

While Vietnam is leading the race now, others are hoping to catch up. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte set a goal of upping the number to 7% for his country through 2022, while momentum is speeding up for large infrastructure projects in Indonesia.

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