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December 2019 Issue

Trade and Investment Mission to Japan

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), together with the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) organised the Trade and Investment Mission to Japan from 29 November – 4 December 2019. The mission, led by YB Datuk Darell Leiking, Minister of International Trade and Industry visited three cities, namely, Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo. A total of 113 Malaysian delegation members consisted of Federal government officials, M December 2019 | 6 representatives from the state government, regional development agencies and private sectors. The trade and investment mission aimed at enhancing investment and bilateral ties with Japan as well as intensifying business-to-business linkages between the private sector of both countries.

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December 2019 Issue

Visit by YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to the Republic of Korea, 25 – 28 November 2019

YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad led the Malaysian delegation visit to Busan and Seoul from 25 until 28 November 2019, in conjunction with the ASEAN – Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIDA, Dato’ Azman Mahmud and officials from the Foreign Investment Promotion Division of MIDA accompanied YAB PM for the visit.

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December 2019 Issue

YAB Tun Dr . Mahathir Mohamad Visit to Qatar, 11 to 14 December 2019

YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, visited Qatar from 11 until 14 December 2019. The Malaysian delegation included Foreign Minister, Economic Affairs Minister, Defence Minister and senior officials from various ministries and agencies

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December 2019 Issue

Getting to Know the Licensing and Incentive Compliance & Monitoring (PPPG) Function of MIDA

MIDA, through its Licensing and Incentive Compliance & Monitoring Section (PPPG) provides the aftercare services for manufacturing and services companies. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), aftercare services is defined as the range of activities from post-establishment facilitation services to developmental support by the Investment Promotion Agencies to retain and encourage followon investment.

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November 2019 Issue

Approved Investments in January - September 2019 Create 93,841 Additional Jobs

For the first nine months of 2019, Malaysia recorded RM149 billion worth of approved investments in the services, manufacturing and primary sectors. This was 4.4% higher than the RM142.6 billion approved in the same period last year. These investments involved 4,025 projects and will create an additional of 93,841 job opportunities. The majority of the investments came from domestic sources, which contributed RM82.7 billion or 55.5% of the total investments. Foreign direct investments (FDI) represented 44.5% or RM66.3 billion. Total approved FDI in these three main sectors increased by 6.5% to RM66.3 billion in January-September 2019 from RM62.2 billion in the same period last year.

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November 2019 Issue

Trade and Investment Mission to Europe (The Hague, Netherlands and Stuttgart, Germany) 4-8 November, 2019

Malaysia is built on a foundation of orderly systems and institutions that promote a business friendly environment, resulting in strongly anchored economic fundamentals. It is one of the most diversified economies in the world with the services, manufacturing and primary sectors providing the right balance to the economy. Additionally, being located in the heart of ASEAN, the 7th biggest market in the world, Malaysia is an attractive investment destination for global-minded investors.

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October 2019 Issue

Snapshots of Budget 2020

To nurture the growth of Budget 2020 themed, “Driving Growth and Equitable Outcomes Towards Shared Prosperity”, was announced by the Minister of Finance on 11 October 2019. The Budget is anchored on four thrusts.

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September 2019 Issue

PostInvest Promotes Ease of Doing Business

To nurture the growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Domestic Investment (DI) in the country, MIDA - through its Post Investment and Infrastructure SupportDivision (PostInvest), provides ‘handholding’ and ‘problem solving’ services to assist companies’ investment journey in Malaysia.

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September 2019 Issue

Are Malaysians Ready for Future Jobs?

Malaysia’s industrialisation has shifted from job creation to becoming a developed nation by 2020. From 2006 to 2018, the government has approved more than 64,000 projects in various economic sectors with investment valued at RM2.2 trillion. These projects have created over 2 million job opportunities. Today, Malaysia has become one of the largest exporters in semiconductor devices, palm oil and furniture, and home to more than 5,000 multinational corporations.

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August 2019 Issue

Malaysia Continues to Attract Business Interest

Malaysia continues to sustain its investment growth momentum in the first half of 2019 (1H2019) despite the challenging global economic landscape and intense competition, with total investments of RM92.0 billion recorded in the services, manufacturing and primary sectors for 1H2019. These investments were from 2,554 projects and will potentially create 59,542 employment opportunities in the country.

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July 2019 Issue

Malaysia : The World's Best Country to Invest

The first quarter of 2019 indicated a positive start to the year, with approved foreign investments into Malaysia increased by 73.4% to RM29.3 billion from RM16.9 billion in the first quarter of 2018. This commendable performance could only be achieved with the conducive business climate within the country, which has not gone unnoticed by international observers.

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July 2019 Issue

Industrial Linkage Programme : Machinery and Equipment Industry

The machinery & equipment (M&E) industry assumes strategic importance to Malaysia's economy with its cross-cutting linkages across all economic segments. However, given the evolution of technology in the industry is moving at such a relentless pace, this presents Malaysian business leaders with challenges as well as opportunities to create new business ventures. For companies that are bold to embrace these new and upcoming technologies, there are a plethora of opportunities in robotics application, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and smart technologies that are waiting to be explored.

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June 2019 Issue

APEC 2020: Charting New Frontiers

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation or better known as APEC, has grown into a dynamic engine promoting trade and economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region since its establishment in 1989. This inter-governmental forum comprising of 21 member economies was formed in response to the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific economies, regional trade blocs and establishment of new markets during the mid-1980s. Needless to say, APEC is still a very much relevant bloc in today's business world and exerts a significant influence across the global markets.

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June 2019 Issue

Malaysia Remains an Attractive Investment Destination: Recording Approved Investments of RM53.9 billion in Q1 2019

Malaysia has successfully attracted a total of RM53.9 billion approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the first quarter of 2019 (Q1 2019), an increase of 3.1% from the same period last year (RM52.3 billion). These investments are from 1,678 projects and are expected to generate more than 41,200 job opportunities for the country.

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May 2019 Issue

MIDA Facilitates Overseas Internship for Malaysian Students Abroad

Enhancing the students' employability has always been on top of the human capital development agenda of the Government. This is to ensure that they are industry-relevant, ready to enter the job market and ultimately able to contribute to the economic growth of the country. Various programmes are usually adopted by universities and colleges to increase the employability of their students such as internship, career awareness program, industry talk, curriculum embedment, and lecturer's attachment to industry.

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May 2019 Issue

Progress Updates on FHTP, OECD

MIDA's E-Newsletter in has introduced readers to the Forum of Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP) and its requirements in fulfilling Action 5: Countering Harmful Tax Practices More Effectively, Taking into Account Transparency and Substance. This edition aims to update readers on the current progress and incentive recipients' tax responsibilities.

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April 2019 Issue

MIDA Receives Top Investment Promotion Agency 2019 Award - Asia Pacific Category

MIDA has once again won the Top Investment Promotion Agency 2019 award in the Asia-Pacific National category by the Site Selection, together with the EDB Singapore. The agency won the same award in 2015 and 2016.

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April 2019 Issue

Strengthening Domestic Investment Landscape

Being an organisation half a century old, MIDA's priority remains the same. We are here to ensure that Malaysia achieves its goals and aspirations, creating wealth that translates to tangible benefits felt by all across Malaysia. In achieving these goals, based on the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, Chapter 8: Re-engineering economic growth for greater prosperity, the Government will precede the continuous effort to strengthen and enhance the country's domestic investment through MIDA, which also gives importance to domestic investment by engaging and facilitating with more domestic companies.

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Last Updated : Friday 24th January 2020