INTERNATIONAL ASSET TRADING GROUP S. E. ASIA SDN. BHD

Bringing the world to products, and products to the world!

Our Markets

 

     Our focus and indeed our expertise is in the fast developing markets of Africa and the Middle East, more specifically West Africa and Saudi Arabia as focal points for distribution into the region. We focus on these two geographic areas because of their great potential as the last great opportunities to establish trade and participate in large scale development in the world.

  

     Despite some negative press, most of Africa is politically stable, safe, and ripe for investment. Indeed Africa is China forty years ago and India thirty years ago, but in some ways with more upside potential. First, the continent is blessed with abundant natural resources, from gold, silver and diamonds, to timber, oil and gas reserves, vast agricultural land and thousands of miles of beautiful coastline and beaches. From a business perspective, there are modern banking facilities, efficient ports, excellent roads, and friendly governments eager to do business. There is a special and long term relationship based on trust and mutual benefit between Africa and Asia. There are numerous free trade zones and tax incentives available to foreign businesses. With nearly a billion potential consumers, and arguably the most resource rich continent in the world, it is not a choice of whether to do business in Africa, but rather when and with who.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

1. Exports into Africa: Building materials, computers, electronics, construction equipment, rice, palm oil, sugar, flour, wheat, Halal food products, juice products, finished clothing, material, furniture, appliances...

2. Imports from Africa: Fruit, vegetables, cashews, salt, leather, timber, gold, diamonds, fish...

3. Projects and business opportunities: Road building, electrification, water treatment, technology transfer, oil and gas exploration and processing, education, training, manufacturing plants...

FAST FACTS ON AFRICA

Population: The population in 2005 was estimated at 922 million people, distributed among hundreds of tribes and ethnic groups.

Geographic Area: At 11.7 million square miles, and with 26,000 km of coast line, Africa is the second largest land mass in the world.

Demographics: Over fifty percent of the population is under 25 years of age. Islam, Christianity and Indigenous African religions are practiced almost equally in Africa.

E.C.O.W.A.S: This is the fifteen country West African Economic Cooperative with an approximately population of 260 million people. The group was formulated to promote trade, economic stability, and political stability through cooperative action. Our West African office is located in The Gambia, West Africa.

Languages spoken: English, Arabic, and French are widely spoken. Africans are considered the most multi-lingual people on the earth as most people speak at least two languages.

Political stability: With a few exceptions, democratically elected governments are now the norm in Africa. While there are still some pockets of instability, most of the forty six countries in Africa are in the process of growth and development. Through our experience and high level government, banking and business contacts, we make doing business in Africa both efficient and profitable.

Economics: Malaysian businesses exported RM 1.56 billion worth of goods, and imported RM 606.9 million from West Africa in the first 6 months of 2008.

  

     In regards to the greater Middle East area, while our target is the entire gulf region, our initial focus will be in Saudi Arabia where we have an office, long ties, and close relationships with the business community. Much like Gambia, Saudi Arabia is seen as a redistribution point for the region. While we are all aware of the oil and gas deposits, and the development that this has fueled in the region, there are also many hidden opportunities for trade and development. Indeed, the opportunities are endless. You have a thriving middle class in many of the gulf countries that is in the financial position to pay for a multitude of imported goods and services, from food products to electronics, from clothing to furniture. The unprecedented building boom has created great demand for building materials, furnishings, construction expertise. The region was built on third party outsourcing, and hence there is great potential for all sectors of business to provide human and intellectual capital in all fields, from IT and communication, to manufacturing and processing expertise.

           

 Fast Facts on Saudi Arabia

Area:  2,149,690 km2 

Population: 25,573,000

Demographic and Economic Indicators

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Population density (people per sq km)

10.72

10.98

11.25

11.51

11.77

GDP measured at purchasing power parity (million international $)

439,088.40

490,871.73

533,490.91

570,204.14

609,455.12

Consumer expenditure (US$ million)

73,076.11

80,141.26

87,145.54

90,857.16

97,125.71

Annual gross income (US$ million)

89,142.50

97,022.73

103,189.80

110,086.98

117,100.10

Annual disposable income (US$ million)

85,074.18

92,526.17

98,293.89

104,863.83

111,533.70

Annual rates of inflation (% growth)

0.33

0.70

2.21

4.17

6.20

Population aged 65+: January 1st ('000)

637.61

655.96

676.33

698.63

722.97

Real GDP growth (% growth)

5.27

6.06

4.30

4.10

4.79

Source

·                        World Economic Factbook

·                        International Marketing Data and Statistics

·                        Future Demographic

 

 

Lifestyle Indicators

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Consumer expenditure on food (US$ million)

12,667.9

14,032.6

15,092.5

15,682.4

16,711.4

Internet users ('000)

2,360.00

3,000.00

4,700.00

6,536.55

7,993.43

New registrations of passenger cars ('000)

208.20

218.10

227.20

237.10

 

Consumer electronics (SR million)

6,572.55

7,266.33

8,038.32

8,746.36

9,745.66

Dog and cat food (SR million)

34.05

36.77

39.48

42.15

44.93

Source

·                        World Income Distribution

·                        Who Buys What

·                        World Consumer Spending

·                        World Consumer Lifestyles Databook

 

 

 

Market Sizes

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Soft drinks (million liters)

3,657

3,855

4,071

4,305

4,561

Soft drinks (SR million)

7,615

7,914

8,225

8,543

8,870

Tobacco (SR million)

4,270

4,567

4,869

5,206

5,529

Cosmetics and toiletries (SR million)

4,798

5,060

5,341

5,639

5,953

Tourism receipts (US$ million)

6,486

5,181

4,930

4,740