January 4, 2014 8:00 pm JST

2014 Business Calendar

January

1st

Vietnam's new Constitution to take effect

Vietnamese corporate tax rate to fall from 25% to 22%, following similar moves by Thailand and Myanmar as the race to attract foreign businesses heats up in Southeast Asia.

3rd

New start-up stock market to open in Taiwan

5th

Bangladesh to hold general election

25th - 26th

Japan Expo (Bangkok)

This event will be held to disseminate information on Japanese tourism spots, food and culture.

31st

Chinese New Year

Sometime in January

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to begin production at Indian joint venture steel plate plant

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing to kick off mass production at cutting-edge 20-nanometer chip plant

Indonesian government's export ban on unprocessed mineral ores to come into effect

 

February

2nd

Thailand to hold general election

7th - 11th

Auto Expo 2014 international motor show (New Delhi metropolitan area)

11th - 16th

Singapore to host Asia's biggest air show

18th - 20th

China (Shanghai) International Optics Fair

Sometime in February

Major Taiwanese chipmakers MediaTek and MStar to merge

Terrestrial digital TV broadcast to commence in Thailand

The second full-scale introduction of digital TV service in Southeast Asia after Singapore is expected to generate demand for TV sets

 

March

5th

National People's Congress to begin in China

18th - 20th

Semicon China semiconductor trade fair (Shanghai)

March 26th - April 6th

Bangkok International Motor Show

 

April

7th - 10th

Boao Forum for Asia (Hainan, China)

10th - 13th

Vietnam Textile & Garment Industry Expo (Ho Chi Minh City)

20th - 29th

Beijing International Automobile Exhibition

24th - 26th

Cosmobeaute Vietnam -- Southeast Asian cosmetics and beauty trade fair (Ho Chi Minh City)

Sometime in April

Singapore Sports Hub (Sports complex centering on National Stadium) to open

 

May

20th - 22nd

China International Environmental Protection Exhibition (Shanghai)

SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition (Shanghai)

21st - 23rd

World Economic Forum on East Asia (Manila)

29th - June 1st

Saigon International Autotech & Accessories Show (Ho Chi Minh City)

Sometime in May

Low Cost Carrier Terminal to open at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

 

June

1st - 5th

Singapore International Water Week (international conference and exhibition on water processing)

3rd - 7th

Computex Taipei

One of the main focuses of this international computer industry trade fair in 2014 will be whether the Taiwanese IT industry will be able to present a new direction that will enable it to recover from the damage caused by the rise of smartphones and tablet devices.

Sometime in June

Acer Chairman JT Wang to retire

South Korean conglomerate Lotte to open Lotte Center Hanoi high-rise commercial complex in Hanoi, Vietnam

South Korea's SK Hynix to begin construction of new production line at chip plant in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province

 

<Other business-related events scheduled for 2014 1st half>

Clothing retail giants Gap of the U.S. and H&M of Sweden to open stores in Taipei

Major South Korean cosmetics maker Amorepacific to kick off production at new plant in Shanghai

India to hold general election (by May)

 

July-September

Sometime in July

Indonesia to hold presidential election

September 10th - 12th

World Economic Forum Summer Davos meeting (Tianjin, China)

September 18th - 28th

Indonesia International Motor Show

 

October-December

October 20th - November 7th

International Telecommunication Union's Plenipotentiary Conference (Busan, South Korea)

Sometime in October

China Import and Export Fair (until early November)

General meeting of World Federation of Exchanges (Seoul)

November 4th - 8th

China International Industry Fair (Shanghai)

Sometime in November

Guangzhou motor show (Guangzhou, China)

December 1st - 10th

Thailand International Motor Expo (Bangkok)

 

<Other business-related events scheduled for 2014 2nd Half>

MG brand vehicles, manufactured jointly in Thailand by China's Shanghai Automotive Industry and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group, to go on sale (July-September)

Nissan Motor's plant in Dalian, China, to officially begin operating

South Korea's LG Display to kick off production at LCD plant in Guangzhou, China

U.S. firm Hilton Hotels & Resorts to open Hilton Yangon in Myanmar (October-December)