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29 October 2019 - Malaysia’s attractiveness as investment destination in weak economy
  1. More Global economic growth is projected to slow next year after the International Monetary Fund last week trimmed its global growth forecast to 3.4%, which it blamed on rising trade barriers and geopolitical tensions
29 October 2019 - US, China investors remain confident in Malaysia's business environment - MITI
  1. More ​Investors from the United States (US) and China seem to have confidence in Malaysia's dynamic and robust business environment, which is supported by an open market-oriented economy and the government's pro-business policies, said the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI)
24 October 2019 - Malaysia a strong and trusted partner in Southeast Asia -- Austrian ambassador
  1. More ​Austria appreciates its friendship with Malaysia and hopes the good diplomatic ties will continue, said Austrian ambassador to Malaysia Dr Michael Postl
24 October 2019 - Malaysia's improved doing business ranking to bolster investor confidence - Economist
  1. More Malaysia's rise in the World Bank's ease of doing business rankings is set to improve the confidence and appetite of investors in the country, said Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid
15 October 2019 - Besides traditional markets, Malaysian companies should invest in new emerging markets - MIDA
  1. More ​Besides the traditional markets that Malaysian companies have invested in, there are more business and investment opportunities in the new emerging markets such as the Africa region, says the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
09 October 2019 - Economists laud SPV 2030
  1. More Blueprint is touted as a comprehensive framework
09 October 2019 - 'Malaysia firms optimistic about business outlook in Q4'
  1. More Malaysian companies are optimistic about their business outlook in the fourth quarter, said Dun & Bradstreet Malaysia
07 October 2019 - Mida: Sarawak may get investments worth billions
  1. More More than 10 projects in the process of negotiation
07 October 2019 - Malaysia to boost economy in 2020 as Sino-US trade war drags on
  1. More ​Malaysia's government will likely present an expanded budget on Friday to temper a weak economic outlook, as it grapples with global recession fears, the protracted US-China trade war and a large debt pile left behind by its predecessors
04 October 2019 - Malaysia an attractive investment destination for UK tech companies - Gobind
  1. More The fact that more United Kingdom (UK) tech companies are investing in Malaysia highlights foreign investors' confidence that Malaysia is moving in the right direction, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo
03 October 2019 - Malaysia's economic power to grow as country integrates with Asian economies
  1. More Malaysia’s economic power is expected to grow as the country integrates more deeply with other Asian economies in trade, innovation, culture, tourism and people flows, said Juwai.com executive chairman Georg Chmiel
02 October 2019 - SPV 2030 to close the wealth gap
  1. More Vision of shared prosperity to restructure economy and correct disparities
26 September 2019 - Malaysia to host High-Level Dialogue on ASEAN Italy Economic Relations 2020
  1. More ​Malaysia has been chosen to be the host country for the High-level Dialogue on ASEAN – Italy Economic Relations 2020, June next year, according to the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
23 September 2019 - China’s CPCG leads consortium to invest RM3b in Terengganu
  1. More Chinese integrated construction company Pacific Construction Group Ltd (CPCG) is leading a consortium of investors to invest some RM3 billion in Terengganu for, among others, an industrial park, a free trade zone and affordable housing
23 September 2019 - Lumos Hill+Knowlton bullish on growth in Malaysia
  1. More Public relations consulting company Lumos Hill+Knowlton (SEA) Sdn Bhd sees increasing opportunities in Malaysia as China companies increase their investments in the country
20 September 2019 - More FDIs seen for Malaysia
  1. More Experts believe Malaysia’s foreign direct investment (FDI) momentum will continue to pick up in the upcoming quarters, following the rise in the country’s realised FDI by nearly RM11bil or 68.4% year-on-year (y-o-y) in the first six months of 2019 (6M19)
19 September 2019 - Malaysia's labour productivity grows at healthy rate in Q2
  1. More Malaysia's labour productivity rose at healthy rate in the second quarter, supported by strong growth in value added and employment
11 September 2019 - ACCCIM: Malaysia is best option for China firms looking to relocate operations
  1. More ​Malaysia is the best option for business from China that are looking to relocate their manufacturing operations because of its strategic geographical location, said the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM)
06 September 2019 - US investments into Malaysia rising
  1. More Many E&E firms set to expand their businesses in coming years
05 September 2019 - Stronger-than-expected export performance in July
  1. More Analysts say higher growth likely in third quarter
05 September 2019 - ESTC to elevate Malaysia-Russia trade, investments — Azmin
  1. More ​The reactivation of the Joint Malaysia-Russia Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation (ESTC), which will hold its inaugural meeting on the sidelines of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Russia, is set to further strengthen both nations’ mutual trade and investments
04 September 2019 - US investment in Malaysia up sharply as trade row with China drags on
  1. More Malaysia approved US investment worth US$5.62 billion in the first half of the year compared with US$113 million the previous year, the government said today, a possible sign of a diversion of US business as a trade row with China drags on
28 August 2019 - UOB Malaysia expects total investments to reach RM195 bln
  1. More ​United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) expects total investment approval in the country to reach RM195.0 billion this year against RM204.4 billion in 2018
23 August 2019 - Malaysia to see healthy investment inflow from Chinese firms in H2 - Ong
  1. More ​Malaysia is expected to attract quite a healthy inflow of investments from Chinese companies in the second half of the year, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Kian Ming said
22 August 2019 - Malaysia to woo foreign investors even beyond US-China trade war
  1. More ​Malaysia will continue to be a business-friendly country and woo more foreign investors into the country even beyond the US-China trade war, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming said
22 August 2019 - Penang targets RM10b in total investments in 2019
  1. More ​The Penang government is eyeing RM10 billion in total investments by the end of this year, its Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said
20 August 2019 - MoF: Increase in Fitch GDP growth projection due to steady rise in FDI
  1. More ​International Fitch Rating Agency has revised its 2019 gross domestic product (GDP) growth projection for Malaysia from 4.2 per cent to 4.6 per cent due to the steady rise in total foreign direct investment (FDI) in the second quarter, said the Finance Ministry
20 August 2019 - Fitch raises Malaysia 2019 GDP growth forecast to 4.6%
  1. More ​Fitch Ratings has revised its 2019 growth forecast for Malaysia to 4.6%, from 4.2%, after the country reported stronger-than-expected growth in the first half
20 August 2019 - Malaysia remains attractive to foreign investors - Lim
  1. More Malaysia continues to be an attractive investment destination as total stock of foreign direct investment (FDI) rose by 10.3 per cent to RM667.5 billion in the second quarter of 2019, compared with RM605.1 billion a year ago
17 August 2019 - GDP grows 4.9pc in Q2
  1. More Malaysia is first in region to enjoy acceleration of growth in second quarter
17 August 2019 - Investments up by 7.6pc
  1. More Manufacturing, services, primary sectors record RM92b in investments
16 August 2019 - Malaysia’s growth set to revive as trade war clouds gather
  1. More ​Malaysia’s economy is set to regain its stride after an unsteady year of reforms following a change of government, but the rebound could be short-lived as risks loom from the US-China trade war
15 August 2019 - 'GDP growth seen picking up in Q2'
  1. More Stronger exports, industrial production expected to lift economic pace
12 August 2019 - Malaysia to focus on economic integration, inclusivity & sustainability at APEC 2020
  1. More ​Malaysia's focus on three priority areas - regional economic integration, inclusivity and technology, and innovation and sustainability - when it hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2020 next year will be timely given the immense challenges confronting the global economy
08 August 2019 - Deputy minister: Incentives, matching grants under Budget 2020 to boost DDI
  1. More ​The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is in discussion with the Treasury on incentives and matching grants for domestic direct investments (DDIs) and hopes it can be announced under the Budget 2020
08 August 2019 - Malaysia to set up special channel to facilitate more Chinese investments
  1. More ​Malaysia plans to set up a “special channel” led by the Finance Ministry to facilitate more investments from China, said minister Lim Guan Eng
08 August 2019 - Invest Selangor upbeat on more investment from China
  1. More ​Invest Selangor Bhd is optimistic of heightened investment interest from China in Malaysia this year, particularly Selangor, following the escalating US-China trade conflict, says Invest Selangor Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Hasan Azhari Idris
05 August 2019 - Chinese companies relocating operations to Malaysia amid trade war
  1. More ​Companies in China are relocating most of their operations to Malaysia amid the country's trade war with the United States (US)
02 August 2019 - Pahang to receive RM1.134b investments from Singapore
  1. More The Pahang state government today signed 11 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Singaporean investors and international companies that agreed to invest RM1.134 billion in the state
01 August 2019 - Malaysia committed to conducive environment for foreign capital, technology — Dr Mahathir
  1. More Malaysia is committed to providing a conducive environment to encourage the inflow of foreign capital and technology as it strives to remain as the preferred choice for foreign investors, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
26 July 2019 - Tun M invites Turkish companies to invest in three core sectors in Malaysia
  1. More ​There are three core sectors in Malaysia that Turkish companies can invest or collaborate with local partners, namely aerospace, automotive, machinery and equipment (M&E), said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
23 July 2019 - US firms may speed up move to Malaysia: trade body
  1. More ​American firms keen to establish their presence in Malaysia are likely to speed up their moves amid uncertainties caused by the US-China trade tensions, says a trade body
11 July 2019 - Negeri Sembilan govt confident of wooing high-impact investments from China to develop MVV
  1. More ​The Negeri Sembilan government is confident of attracting high-impact investments especially from investors in China for the development of the Malaysia Vision Valley (MVV) project in the western part of the state
10 July 2019 - Malaysia continues to welcome quality global investments — DPM
  1. More ​Malaysia will continue to welcome quality global investments including from China, especially in capital intensive, high-skilled and technologically advanced projects, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
09 July 2019 - Trade between Malaysia and China hits US$100bil
  1. More Envoy: Investment in manufacturing sector has quadrupled and created jobs
08 July 2019 - 'S&P's rating reflects confidence'
  1. More Malaysia's healthy growth prospect drives agency's reaffirmation, says Guan Eng
08 July 2019 - Vital to promote Malaysia to capture Chinese MNCs that are going global, says banker
  1. More ​Promoting Malaysia is fundamental because Malaysians, unfortunately, are too modest while other countries in Asean are heavily promoting themselves, says Omar Mahmoud
08 July 2019 - Be more aggressive to thrive in China, Mida chairman tells Malaysian businesses
  1. More ​Malaysian businesses, especially listed and government linked companies, are being urged to build and strategise more value-added joint ventures with Chinese counterparts, towards doing well in the rising China market, as normal businesses are becoming unattractive there
03 July 2019 - Taiwan-Malaysia trade expected to grow 10% in five years
  1. More ​Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Taiwan is expected to grow at least 10 percent within five years from now, according to recent economic forecasts
03 July 2019 - Malaysia attractive FDI location for foreign firms amid US-China trade war
  1. More ​Malaysia, a key supply chain hub for the manufacturing, banking and telecommunications sectors, is becoming attractive to foreign firms looking to expand their operations into new markets
02 July 2019 - Malaysia is top choice for Italian firms
  1. More ​Malaysia remains a preferred economic and trade investment destination in the Asean region for Italian companies due to its strategic location and a socio-politically stable climate, says Italian Ambassador to Malaysia Cristiano Maggipinto
02 July 2019 - Malaysia to become high-income nation
  1. More World Bank sets 2021-2024 as target period
02 July 2019 - Johor's 2018 FDI surges to RM24.03 bln - exco
  1. More ​Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in Johor surged to RM24.03 billion last year from RM5.10 billion recorded in 2017
01 July 2019 - World Bank expects Malaysia´s GDP to grow 4.6 pct
  1. More ​Malaysia’s economy is expected to expand at a relatively moderate rate, with the gross domestic product (GDP) projected to record 4.6 per cent in 2019, says World Bank
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


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