YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), in his speech highlighted that this forum is an excellent opportunity for businesses with global ambitions to gain valuable insights on the benefits, requirements and processes involved in the listing exercise. Listing a company in Bursa Malaysia is not just about selling stocks. Besides facilitating fund raising to expand business activities, the listing will also elevate the status of the companies. It is also a testament to the success and long term viability of the business. The process of being listed could be seen as complex and time consuming but with the professional advice and facilitation provided through the Forum could assist the participants to have better understanding and knowledge on the processes.
Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIDA said that the Forum is part of MIDA’s ongoing initiatives to facilitate companies that plan to expand their businesses and attract investments. The dedicated Investment Coordination Platform (ICP) unit in MIDA has assisted more than 200 companies in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors, in conducting business-to-business (B2B) matching as well as capital raising through debt and equity, Mergers and Acquisition (M&A), divestments and IPO.
Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, CEO of Bursa Malaysia at the event highlighted that taking companies public is more than just giving them access and opportunity to raise capital. Being listed will also instil the necessary discipline to adopt frameworks that will have a positive effect on the company. He encouraged companies to talk to Bursa's IPO Marketing team for a free consultation and guidance on the listing process. Given the vital role SMEs play in the growth of the economy, the government’s efforts in Budget 2020 will make listings on the ACE and LEAP Markets more affordable to help SMEs raise capital through the capital market.
The Forum was well attended by 200 participants with a line-up of prominent speakers from the investment, financial and industrial segments.
During the event, the Industrial Park Directory of Malaysia was also launched. The publication was undertaken in conjunction with the series of Industrial Park Forums organised by MIDA and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) throughout the country last year.