China's economic transition is set to get on the fast track following the recent conclusion of the landmark Third Plenum. The reform plan approved by the twice-a-decade policy meeting signaled China's greater efforts to improve its investment environment, as the nation pledged to ease limits on foreign investment in e-commerce and other industries.
So the next question would be -- What will be the new opportunities for global investors in a post-Third Plenum era?
To find the answers to this question, I recently checked with Bruno Raschle, chairman of the Swiss fund-of-funds manager Adveq that commenced investing in China as early as in 1998 and has now committed a total of approximately $400 million in China.
Raschle believes new investment opportunities lie in China's transition from an export-intensive, investment-led model to a more consumption-based economy, and hence on the investment front, healthcare, environment and education will be the industries of the future.
"In order to see more domestic consumption, China has to continue to concentrate on structural development; "structural" not defined as airports, railways or of course roads as well, but structural in the context of healthcare, environment and education," the Swiss investment guru told me.
"I think without these three themes, China cannot experience a continuous sound economic development based on domestic consumption."
As China pledged to open state-dominated sectors wider to private competition and foreign investment, a picture of a more prosperous China is poised to unfold, and increasing new opportunities will emerge for global investors in the coming years.