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28 June 2019 - Malaysia reports lower FDI net inflows
  1. More Inflows fell to RM32.6bil in 2018 on lower investments in mining and quarrying sector
27 June 2019 - Malaysia, Pakistan should boost business linkages — Dr Wan Azizah
  1. More ​Malaysia and Pakistan should explore more opportunities in the halal industry not only for their own domestic consumption but also the international market, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
27 June 2019 - Malaysia posts net FDI inflows of RM32.6b in 2018
  1. More ​Malaysia’s foreign direct investment (FDI) recorded net inflows of RM32.6 billion in 2018 against RM40.4 billion a year before
27 June 2019 - Malaysia, South Korea initiate bilateral FTA negotiations — MITI
  1. More ​The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) today announced Malaysia has initiated bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with the Republic of Korea
27 June 2019 - MITI's advisory council to discuss NAP, FDI & DDI
  1. More The newly-established Trade and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC) is set to discuss the National Automotive Policy (NAP) as well as rebalancing the ratio between foreign direct investment (FDI) and domestic direct investment (DDI) in its upcoming meetings
26 June 2019 - Sarawak has steady sources of revenue
  1. More ​Sarawak, which has recorded budget surpluses for several years, has steady sources of revenue, especially the imposition of the sales tax on petroleum products for exports
26 June 2019 - Ministry positive on FDI inflows
  1. More However, government remains cautious about external challenges, says Leiking
26 June 2019 - Malaysia' productivity growth better than some developed country
  1. More Malaysia registered a labour productivity growth of 2.2 per cent at RM91,971 last year as compared with RM89,925 in 2017
25 June 2019 - Malaysia to maintain strong business relationship with China
  1. More ​Malaysia will maintain its strong business relationship with China and no Chinese investor will feel left out in this regard, says Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng
24 June 2019 - Malaysia told to increase productivity to become high-income nation
  1. More ​Malaysia needs to increase its productivity if it is to achieve its goal to become a high-income nation in the next decade, said International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde
24 June 2019 - Director: Malaysia should capitalise on rising middle-class segment in China
  1. More ​Maintaining good quality investments is vital for Malaysia and China to strengthen its economic relations, especially in light of the current trade war between the world’s two biggest economies
24 June 2019 - IMF: Vital for Malaysia to boost policy buffers
  1. More Openness to trade makes country vulnerable to increasing protectionism
23 June 2019 - ASEAN playing important role in boosting regional trade - PM Mahathir
  1. More ​Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad said the 10-member ASEAN was not dormant, but playing an important role in boosting regional trade
22 June 2019 - 'Malaysia trade with UK has more room to grow'
  1. More Malaysia's trade with the United Kingdom can potentially grow further, given the ongoing tension between China and the United States, said Finance Minister
22 June 2019 - Perak records RM1.43 bln investments for Jan-March 2019
  1. More ​Perak recorded investments of RM1.43 billion for the January to March period this year compared with RM249.8 million in the same period last year
21 June 2019 - 'Economic direction clearer now'
  1. More Analysts expect GDP growth, ringgit to strengthen this year after 'chaos'
20 June 2019 - Malaysia looking two steps ahead to capitalise on US-China trade war - Lim
  1. More ​Malaysia is capitalising on the permanent reorientation of the global supply chain following the US-China trade war by upping competitiveness to attract new high-quality investments, especially those concerning Industry 4.0, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng
20 June 2019 - Malaysia set to capitalise on opportunities from US-China trade war - Azmin
  1. More The US-China trade war has opened a unique opportunity for Southeast Asian countries and Malaysia stands ready to exploit the economic opportunities that may ensue, said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
19 June 2019 - 'Trade diversion may lift growth'
  1. More Malaysia is one of key beneficiaries, given its manufacturing capability and open economy
19 June 2019 - 'Diversified economy will provide trade war buffer'
  1. More Malaysia has substantial trading partners an exports, says World Bank economist
19 June 2019 - Trade war bane for FDI inflows
  1. More Economists: Unresolved tensions create uncertainy
18 June 2019 - 'We need investments in high tech'
  1. More British investors will find Malaysia a comfortable investment destination, says PM
17 June 2019 - US-China tech war will reduce trade and investment diversion benefits
  1. More A technological warfare between China and the United States would reduce the short-term benefits of trade and investment diversion to Malaysia arising from the trade war between both economic powerhouses, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming said
17 June 2019 - UK investors upbeat on Malaysia's economic potential
  1. More ​Investors in the United Kingdom (UK) are upbeat on Malaysia's economic potential and have been showing keen interest in investing in the country, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
17 June 2019 - Government committed to woo high-tech investments – Gobind
  1. More ​Malaysia remains committed to high-end manufacturing and industrialisation by identifying strategic partners that will help make this country a preferred destination for the high-tech industry players
17 June 2019 - Dr M calls for high-tech investments from UK
  1. More ​Malaysia seeks investments in the high-technology sector in line with the country’s goals of providing high income for its people, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
16 June 2019 - Negeri Sembilan banks on business-friendly policies to attract investors
  1. More ​The Negeri Sembilan government always subscribes to business-friendly policies to attract foreign and domestic investors to the state, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun
15 June 2019 - 'Malaysia can gain from China-U.S. spat'
  1. More Country stands to benefit due to strategic location in S-E Asia, says Ong
14 June 2019 - Approved FDI surges 73pc, mainly in manufacturing
  1. More Malaysia's approved foreign direct investment (FDI) for all sectors surged 73.4 per cent to 29.3 billion in the first quarter from 16.9 billion in the same period a year ago
14 June 2019 - Q1 FDI surge shows Malaysia economy has bright future - Lim
  1. More ​The surge in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the first quarter this year shows that Malaysia has a bright future to boost its economy, says Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng
14 June 2019 - Malaysia's Q1 FDI surges 73.4 per cent to RM29.3 bln
  1. More ​Approved foreign direct investments (FDIs) into Malaysia for the first quarter of 2019 (Q1 2019) soared 73.4 per cent to RM29.3 billion from RM16.9 billion recorded during the same period a year ago
14 June 2019 - Deputy minister: SMEs ready to meet higher export demand
  1. More ​Local SMEs, particularly export-oriented companies, are in a good position to meet the increasing demand that is expected to come into the region due to the ongoing US-China trade war
14 June 2019 - Three Japanese companies keen to invest over RM200 mln in Johor
  1. More ​The state government is in talks with three Japanese companies that have shown interest in investing more than RM200 million in Johor
14 June 2019 - More Chinese firms show interest to invest in Malaysia
  1. More ​The on-going United States-China trade war has spurred interest among Chinese companies to invest in Malaysia, says International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming
13 June 2019 - Approved investments rise to RM8.8b
  1. More Manufacturing FDIs surge 1,360pc to RM8.47b year-on-year in Q1
13 June 2019 - Trade war spurs 1,360% investment jump in Malaysian state of Penang
  1. More ​The Malaysian state of Penang is winning from global investors’ search for safe havens, amid the U.S.-China trade tensions
12 June 2019 - 'Japan keen to invest further in Malaysia'
  1. More The Japanese government is keen to invest more in Malaysia
11 June 2019 - Approved investments up 3.1% in Q1
  1. More ​Malaysia remains attractive among investors despite the uncertainties surrounding the US-China trade tension by recording a 3.1% increase in approved investments for the first quarter of this year
11 June 2019 - Malaysia welcomes investments that raise skills, wages - Lim
  1. More Malaysia will welcome any investments from abroad -- especially from Japan -- that will raise the skills and wages of Malaysian workers
08 June 2019 - 'Surplus a buffer against volatility'
  1. More Malaysia's total trade rises to RM159.5b while exports jump to RM85.2b
08 June 2019 - Guan Eng: Malaysia on course for healthy Q2 GDP growth
  1. More Better April trade figures suggest robust growth
05 June 2019 - Nomura: Malaysia 4th biggest beneficiary of trade war
  1. More Electrical and electronics, natural gas sectors benefit
03 June 2019 - Malaysia’s April trade expands 2.6% to RM159.55 bil
  1. More ​Malaysia’s trade in April 2019 expanded by 2.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM159.55 billion, compared with April 2018
03 June 2019 - Consumer confidence stabilising
  1. More Survey shows Malaysia ranks sixth globally on Consumer Confidence Index
28 May 2019 - Trade mission generates potential RM29.1m sales, RM840m investments
  1. More Malaysia has generated potential sales of RM29.1 million and investments of RM840 million in a recent trade and investment mission to Latin America
27 May 2019 - Malaysia keen to expand trade, investments with Brazil
  1. More Malaysia is keen to expand trade and investments with Brazil, with the possibility of a free-trade agreement between Malaysia and Mercosur
27 May 2019 - Go for cluster development
  1. More Cluster provide for cheaper logistics, readier access to talent, supplies, info and ideas
23 May 2019 - HDC sees potential in 10 new halal markets
  1. More Malaysia will expand its halal services to 10 new countries through China's US 1 trillion (RM4.18 trillion), says HDC
23 May 2019 - MITI to strengthen trade and investment ties with Argentina
  1. More ​The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) wants to strengthen the bilateral trade, investment and economic ties with Argentina through collaboration in several areas
22 May 2019 - 'Malaysia must boost production tech, capacity'
  1. More Southeast Asia, particular Malaysia, should focus on improving production technology and capacity as well as regional integration to benefit from the shifting to supply chains due to changes in global trade, says HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd
18 May 2019 - 'Malaysia springboard to S-E Asia'
  1. More Potential Axiata-Telenor merger will attract more Norwegian firms to invest in country, says ambassador
17 May 2019 - Taiwanese firms mull moving to Malaysia, ASEAN countries amid US-China tensions
  1. More ​Amid the ongoing US-China trade tensions, many Taiwanese companies are opting to leave China by either returning to Taiwan or scouting for suitable sites in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia
17 May 2019 - Growth may accelerate in H2
  1. More Lower key rate and revival of mega projects set to lend support to economy, say economists
16 May 2019 - Malaysia’s 1Q growth supported by strong fundamentals — Azmin
  1. More ​Malaysia has been able to maintain its growth during the first quarter of the year, due to strong economic fundamentals and diverse sector strength, said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
16 May 2019 - Azmin: Malaysia to boost investment via Bandar Malaysia, ECRL
  1. More ​The Malaysian government will focus on encouraging investments from the private sector and also boosting investments through major projects including Bandar Malaysia and the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said
16 May 2019 - Penang attracts RM129.1b investments as of 2018 — MIDA
  1. More Penang attracted investments of RM129.1 billion in the manufacturing sector as of 2018 and has consistently ranked among the top investment destinations in the country over the last five decades
15 May 2019 - Investors can use Malaysia to tap Asean market: Azmin
  1. More ​Malaysia should take the opportunity to convince foreign investors to use the country as a base to penetrate the Asean market, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
14 May 2019 - SMEs should grab opportunities offered by MITI — Mukhriz
  1. More ​Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) should take advantage of the opportunities provided by the agencies under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to drive their growth towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0)
14 May 2019 - 'Malaysia to feel moderate impact'
  1. More But Moody's sees country benefiting as alternative manufacturing platform to China
11 May 2019 - Ministry focuses on developing new industries to drive economy
  1. More The Economic Affairs Ministry will focus on developing new industries to drive Malaysia's economy to a higher level and in tune with current developments
10 May 2019 - Miti aims to create innovation ecosystem
  1. More ​The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) aims to create an innovation ecosystem to enable a seamless digital transformation journey for Malaysian businesses, especially the small and medium enterprises
10 May 2019 - Regional deals gaining traction
  1. More Maybank says trade war causing shift away from globalisation
10 May 2019 - 'Malaysia remains attractive'
  1. More Foreign investors find country's stable economy and strong fundamentals reassuring, says Leiking
06 May 2019 - Malaysia on right track to regaining Asian Tiger status
  1. More ​Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is confident that Malaysia is on the right track to strengthen the economy and fiscal status by 2021, leading the way to regaining its position as an Asian Tiger
03 May 2019 - Malaysia registers highest month-on-month export growth since April 2010 : MITI
  1. More ​Malaysia has recorded the highest month-on-month (m-o-m) export growth since April 2010 when exports in March this year grew by 26.2 per cent while total trade surged by 25.9 per cent
02 May 2019 - Government allocating significant resources to support SMEs
  1. More PM wants them to be more competitive
29 April 2019 - Amcham sees more U.S. investments
  1. More American firms in Malaysia have major project in pipeline, says Toubassy
28 April 2019 - Dr M plans one-stop-centre to cut red tape, spur FDIs
  1. More In an effort to attract more foreign direct investments, including Chinese investments, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is planning to set up a one-stop-centre to cut through red tape
28 April 2019 - Belt and Road Initiative not a 'domination plan' by China, says Dr Mahathir
  1. More ​The Belt and road initiative (BRI) is not a "domination plan" by China, which has emerged as one of the world’s superpowers, to gain control of participating countries, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
27 April 2019 - Leiking: US firms set to invest RM6.6bil
  1. More ​Key projects wit­­hin the electrical and electronics sector, as well as chemical industries, are expected to form the bulk of potential investments worth RM6.6bil from the United States, said International Trade and Indus­try Minister Datuk Darell Leiking
26 April 2019 - Dr M: Malaysia can help foreign investors reduce costs
  1. More ​Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who yesterday gave the assurance that Malaysia will continue to retain a business-friendly attitude when dealing with foreign investors, has also indicated that investors are welcomed to renegotiate their terms of contract if cost is an issue
26 April 2019 - AmCham: Transparency, openness are key qualities
  1. More The current government has set itself apart from the past administration by being more transparent and open to a collaborative working environment, says American Malaysia Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)
26 April 2019 - Deal will see more Chinese investments along ECRL route
  1. More ​Malaysia can expect more investments from China, especially in the corridors along the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) following the agreement inked between the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and China Communication Construction Company Ltd (CCCC)
25 April 2019 - Malaysia’s fundamentals still attractive — World Bank
  1. More Although Malaysia’s stock market has performed relatively poorly when compared with its regional peers, World Bank lead economist for Malaysia Richard Record says the country’s economic fundamentals remain resilient, which still make Malaysia an attractive investment choice
25 April 2019 - Dr Mahathir: Malaysia will continue to be friendly to foreign investors
  1. More ​Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has reassured the Chinese business community here that Malaysia will continue to retain a business-friendly attitude with foreign investors
25 April 2019 - ECRL, Bandar Malaysia revival positive for growth
  1. More The World Bank Group expects the revival of the ECRL and Bandar Malaysia projects to have a positive impact on the country's economic growth in the medium term
24 April 2019 - Reversing slumping investments
  1. More ​Private investments in Malaysia have been slowing down since 2012 and the government should have a comprehensive plan to strategise a reversal of this trend
24 April 2019 - World Bank maintains Malaysia's 2019 GDP growth at 4.7%
  1. More ​In its April 2019 update, the World Bank is maintaining its forecast for Malaysia's 2019 gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 4.7%, with private consumption continuing to be the main driver of growth, albeit expanding at a more measured pace
24 April 2019 - World Bank expects positive impact from revival of ECRL, Bandar Malaysia projects
  1. More ​The World Bank Group expects the revival of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Bandar Malaysia projects to have a positive impact on the country’s economic growth in the medium term
23 April 2019 - FMM, Singapore Manufacturing Federation ink business cooperation MoU
  1. More The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to renew their Business Co-operation Agreement inked on Aug 15, 1996
22 April 2019 - MITI committed to luring quality investments: Darell
  1. More ​A year has almost passed since last May’s watershed general election which saw a historic change, not only in government, but Malaysia’s entire political landscape which also steered the country’s economy in a different direction
21 April 2019 - Sabah sets sights on Jiangxi to propel industrialization
  1. More ​Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has set his sights on Jiangxi Province in China to propel industrialisation in Sabah
21 April 2019 - Dr Mahathir's visit to China to focus on wooing investments in 3 sectors – Loke
  1. More ​Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s visit to China beginning on Thursday will focus on attracting investment in three sectors, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook
19 April 2019 - Economy seen to recover in H2 after slow first quarter
  1. More ​The Malaysian economy will bounce back in the second half after registering what is expected to be the slowest quarterly expansion since the second quarter of 2016 during the first three months of the year
19 April 2019 - ECRL to boost China investments
  1. More Chinese envoy says Malaysia can expect higher sales of palm oil
19 April 2019 - Malaysia needs to move to productivity-driven growth, says PM
  1. More Malaysia needs to move from input-driven growth to productivity-driven growth to achieve a sustainable economic growth path, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
18 April 2019 - Investments from China expected to surge, says Ong
  1. More ​The investments from Chinese firms in Malaysia are expected to surge following the conclusion of East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project
18 April 2019 - Melaka's trade surges to RM24.09 bln in 2018
  1. More ​Melaka's trade value increased RM5.83 billion to RM24.09 billion last year from RM18.26 billion in 2017
18 April 2019 - Economists see rebound in Q2, H2 this year
  1. More Performance to be underpinned bt receding trade war, higher commodity price, low inflation and strong domestic demand
17 April 2019 - IIBD set to make JB a world-class business district
  1. More ​Johor Corp’s (JCorp) Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD), which has been successfully gazetted, is set to be the impetus to propel Johor Baru into a world-class business district
17 April 2019 - Government may restructure taxation system to boost production of local goods
  1. More The government may restructure the taxation system to boost production of local goods
17 April 2019 - MIER: GDP likely to grow 4.5pc
  1. More MIER has forecast Malaysia's 2019 gross domestic product (GDP) to post moderate growth of 4.5 per cent, compared with 4.7 per cent last year
16 April 2019 - More deals from China following ECRL renegotiation — MITI
  1. More Malaysia’s trade policy adjustments and refinements are expected to result in a higher engagement with Chinese companies, particularly after the recent renegotiation on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project
16 April 2019 - MIER projects all sectors of the economy to grow this year
  1. More ​The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) has projected that all sectors contributing to Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow in 2019
16 April 2019 - Basic infrastructure, key to attracting foreign investors to CVIA - Perlis MB
  1. More ​Perlis needs to have ready infrastructure including improvements to its quality of water and services to attract foreign investors to the Chuping Valley Industrial Development Area (CVIA), Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man told the State Assembly
15 April 2019 - Growth expected to pick up in H2
  1. More Higher oil price, China stimulus measures brighten outlook, Bloomberg survey shows
13 April 2019 - Government committed to polices driving digital economy, industries - Guan Eng
  1. More ​The government is committed to introducing enabling policies as the new driver of development that will put Malaysia as an attractive prospect for high-technology, high-value-added digital economy and industries in the region, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng
12 April 2019 - Malaysia to leverage on improving trend of private investments: MIDA
  1. More ​Malaysia is set to leverage on the improving trend of private investments, bolstered by positive sentiments arising from the government’s supportive policies and clear economic direction, according to the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
10 April 2019 - Malaysia expected to meet 4.9% GDP growth
  1. More The government is also targeting to raise SMEs’ contribution to total exports to 23% by 2020 from 18% in 2017.
09 April 2019 - Miti: US trade mission can generate RM6.6b investments
  1. More ​The trade and investment mission to the United States led by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking (pic), is expected to generate potential investments worth RM6.6bil


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