Archived e-Newsletters 2017

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MIDA Newsletter - Dec 2017 Issue

Tax Efficient Way to Invest in Research & Development (R&D)

R&D is important to Malaysia's well-being and future sustainability. It creates value and enables the nation to exploit new industries and economic opportunities. The National Science Technology Policy 2013-2020 aims for Malaysian to achieve R&D intensity (GERD) of at least 2.0% by the year 2020. According to Malaysian Science and Technology Information Centre (MASTIC), Malaysia has made it into the top half of the fifty most innovative economies in the world, coming in at rank 25 in the Bloomberg Innovation Index 2016-2017, ahead of Italy (26), Spain (27), Hong Kong (37) or even our regional competitor Thailand (47). Nevertheless there is much more to be done as the country is still far behind Asian countries such as South Korea (1st) and Japan (4th).

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MIDA Newsletter - Nov 2017 Issue

MIDA Teams Up with Nikkei for Inaugural Malaysia Business Forum

The Malaysia Business Forum held on 30 November 2017 was a huge success which attracted more than 500 business leaders with a Japanese majority representing some of the country's most notable firms. The forum, themed 'The New Era of ASEAN – Malaysia as Asian Business Hub', was held at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

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MIDA Newsletter - Oct 2017 Issue

Investment Incentives under Budget 2018 & Reinstatement of Withholding Tax (WHT) Exemption for Offshore Services

Prospering an inclusive economy towards the aspiration of TN50 was rightfully coined for the recent Budget 2018 announced on 27 October 2017 considering the growth in sharing economy which penetrated the Malaysian landscape in a storm and the need for sustainable investment to ensure continuous economy growth.

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MIDA Newsletter - Sept 2017 Issue

Malaysia's Broad-Based Economic Structure Remains Appealing To Investors, Despite Moderating Investment Performance In 1H2017

Malaysia recorded a total of RM65.4 billion of approved investments in the services, manufacturing and primary sectors for the first six months of 2017 (1H2017), a decline of 28.2% compared with RM91.2 billion for the same period last year. These investments involved 2,294 projects and will create 61,930 employment opportunities.

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MIDA Newsletter - Aug 2017 Issue

Less Developed Areas Incentive: Towards a state of equality

Malaysia, which consists of 13 states and 3 federal territories, has a rich presence of natural resources and a proven record of economic performance. While some states have continuously topped the list of recipients for investments, other states have yet to achieve their full potential. As inclusivity is a key principle in Malaysia's national socio-economic development agenda, the government seeks to attract investment and create jobs for locals, especially in 'pockets' of less developed areas in Malaysia.

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MIDA Newsletter - July 2017 Issue

MIDA - Building Investors' Trust in Shaping the Nation

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has been around since 1967. This was 10 years after the country first gained its independence, and about a decade after the Second World War ended. Thus, understanding the importance of MIDA's existence requires us to take a step back in time.

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MIDA Newsletter - June 2017 Issue

i-INCENTIVE PORTAL: Business Support at your Fingertips

Tax incentives are tools that provide a tipping point for investment attraction. They are aimed at developing new growth areas that can generate high-income, high skilled jobs and cultivate supporting industries in the same cluster. Towards meeting Malaysia's economic aspirations, the Government  offers various incentives for businesses, particularly for high impact and strategic projects that can move industries up the value chain and drive Malaysia's transformation towards a developed nation status.

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MIDA Newsletter - May 2017 Issue


The Companies Act 2016 (Act 777) ("CA 2016") came into force on 31 January 2017. This new CA 2016 replaced the 1965 Act which has been in operation for over 50 years. The workings toward CA 2016 took over a decade's worth of review, consultation and discussion with regulatory, professional and industry bodies.

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MIDA Newsletter - April 2017 Issue


In recent years, companies have been increasingly outsourcing and offshoring production. This has resulted in supply chains stretched across the globe. In Malaysia, more than 5,000 MNCs from all over the world have chosen this country as their preferred investment destination. Among the spill over benefits include the development of human capital and job opportunities as well as growth of the local suppliers due to the skills and technology developed over the years.

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MIDA Newsletter - March 2017 Issue


This year marks the 60th anniversary of Malaysia-India bilateral relations. The relationship has been dynamic, evolving in the rapidly changing international environment. Bilateral trade and investment flows will continue to flourish, particularly with closer engagements through the Malaysia–India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (MICECA) and ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement as well as the eventual implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which will also include other important trading nations, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

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MIDA Newsletter - February 2017 Issue


As an open economy, Malaysia is not immune to external uncertainties but its economic and financial reforms and policies have somewhat buffered the challenging impact. The country has strong fundamentals that can support the momentum of our economic growth. Despite the challenges from global headwinds, Malaysia managed to attract investments worth RM207.9 billion last year. These approved projects are expected to create 153,060 job opportunities for the country.

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MIDA Newsletter - January 2017 Issue


Amid the tepid economic landscape, Budget 2017 presented a pragmatic approach towards the nation's aim in achieving a developed nation status by 2020. With the on-going market volatility, dwindling oil prices and headwinds in the global economic facade, the Budget 2017 forecasted the Malaysian economy to be between 4% and 4.5% in 2016 and between 4% and 5% in 2017.

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Last Updated : Thursday 15th March 2018