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Investing in Circular Bioeconomy

A circular bioeconomy aims to restore and sustainably manage biological systems to produce food, energy, ecosystem services, and bio-based solutions to decarbonise the economy while generating jobs and prosperity. Biodiversity is crucial for life to adapt and evolve in a changing environment – and a bioeconomy is an economy that ultimately relies on life and its diversity. The circular bioeconomy is an opportunity to holistically rethink our land, food, and energy systems while simultaneously transforming key industrial sectors and their value chains to become circular and carbon neutral.


In 2005, Malaysia launched the National Biotechnology Policy (NBP) being the first country in Southeast Asia and second in Asia with a national bioeconomy initiative. With its abundant availability of biomass and as more companies are adopting ESG in their ethos, Malaysia is the preferred location for bio-based ventures. MIDA’s Circular Bioeconomy Unit (CBE) aims to guide companies both local and international toward realising their investment opportunity in Malaysia for a sustainable economic global growth.


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Digital Investment Office (DIO)

A Single Window for Digital Investments

The National Council of Digital Economy and Fourth Industrial Revolution (MED4IR) chaired by the Malaysia’s Prime Minister endorsed the establishment of the Digital Investment Office (DIO), entrusted to charge towards facilitating digital investments in Malaysia. The role of DIO is consistent with the MyDIGITAL Blueprint and the National Investment Aspirations, guided by the essence of the Shared Prosperity Vision (SPV) 2030.


The DIO is a fully digital collaborative platform between MIDA and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to coordinate and facilitate all digital investments. This endeavour is to enhance both digital investment awareness in the country and the coordination among Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) in attracting and promoting new investments in this rapidly evolving segment.


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Project Implementation and Facilitation Office (TRACK)

TRACK streamline the entire process of approved projects by the National Committee of Investment (NCI), taking them from the initial green light to full implementation. By embracing a digitalised system, TRACK empowers companies with a seamless tracking experience, allowing them to stay updated on the status of their projects with ease.

Implementation Tracking and Monitoring System (ITMS) @ On-Track
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Invest Malaysia Facilitation Centre (IMFC)

(Pusat Memudahcara Pelaburan Malaysia)

Invest Malaysia Facilitation Centre (IMFC) establishment is an enhancement to the existing advisory service center at MIDA, with the primary objective of expediting the process of various approvals. Aligned with the MADANI’s economic aspirations, IMFC provides advisory services and guidance to the business community and investors, hence reducing bureaucracy in public service delivery. IMFC officially commenced its operation effectively 1st December 2023.


IMFC assumes an important role in facilitating and expedite the affairs of the business community and investors’ journey in the manufacturing and selected services sectors, at both federal and state government levels.


IMFC is represented by key Ministries/Agencies as follows: –

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia
  • Immigration Department of Malaysia
  • Royal Malaysian Customs Department
  • Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission
  • Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia
  • Tenaga Nasional Berhad
  • Telekom Malaysia Berhad
  • Social Security Organisation (PERKESO)


For enquiries, please contact IMFC representatives at the link or contact the Post-Investment Division, MIDA.


Post-Investment Division
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
Level 20, MIDA Sentral
No. 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2267 3473
Fax: 03-2273 3872
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]


IMFC Representatives at MIDA
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Malaysia’s Lighthouse Project Programme : The Beacon of Malaysia’s Future Industries Economy

The manufacturing sector in Malaysia has long played a key role in transforming the country into a major player in the global value chain apart from rapidly reshaping the country into an industrialised nation. Combined with the services sector, which accounts for a significant contribution to Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), both sectors remain as key drivers of growth for the Malaysian economy.


The country’s National Policy on Industry 4.0: Industry4WRD has set specific goals and targets to support the national vision for the transformation of the manufacturing sector and manufacturing related services (MRS) sector. With the Malaysia National 4IR Policy, technology and knowledge will be the most important drivers for development, progress and prosperity, for now and in the foreseeable future. Both policies will be the springboards to lift Malaysia into a new collective, shared prosperity, equitable and inclusive nation by 2030. Businesses will become more productive, competitive and innovative in their offerings, business operations and value delivery to the consumers.

Malaysia’s Lighthouse Programme is an initiative undertaken by MIDA to identify and showcase those manufacturers and services industry players at the forefront of implementing technologies enabling the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) /Industry 4.0 (I4.0) /Smart Manufacturing. Malaysia’s Lighthouse Programme consists of industry players that have taken 4IR/ I4.0 /Smart Manufacturing technology from pilot to integration at scale, thus achieving significant financial and operational benefits. The term ‘lighthouse’ denotes that these projects can act as beacons to guide the many thousands of others around the country that are still looking to apply technologies like artificial intelligence, autonomous robots and other Industry 4.0 technology pillars as well as overcome challenges in upgrading existing production systems. By embracing the Lighthouse Model adoption, industries can jumpstart the current productivity stagnation and reset their benchmarks for operational and financial key performance indicators (KPIs). In tandem with this, the technology can create a better, cleaner world through new levels of efficiency in the manufacturing sector and its related ecosystem.

The objectives of the Lighthouse initiative by MIDA are:

1)    To reposition Malaysia as among the top Global Economies with the latest technology adoption and innovation

2)    To continue the momentum of MIDA’s continuous effort in driving Industry 4WRD and 4IR Blueprint initiatives towards reality

3)    To assist existing industry sectors to become a Malaysia Lighthouse


The Malaysia Lighthouse programme by MIDA also integrates economic multiplier effects showcase in the DNA of companies in addition to 4IR/Ind4.0/Smart Manufacturing technology adoption in the production/operation such as Innovations/R&D, Ecosystems Collaborations, Socio Economic Development & Human Capital Development. A strong manufacturing and services sector would pave the way to enhanced productivity, job creation, innovation capacity, high-skilled talent pool and ultimately economic prosperity and societal well-being. This would position Malaysia as a primary destination for smart manufacturing and smart services projects globally and attract more high-tech investments.

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Technology Adoption

In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the horizon is dominated by technological advancements; impacting our lives, workplace dynamics, and leisure.


The National Policy on Industry 4.0 (Industry4WRD) is Malaysia’s response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, signifying the Government’s resolute dedication in embracing this era of technological convergence. This collaborative initiative between the Government, industry, and academia aims to bolster productivity, drive job creation, and cultivate high-skilled talents in the manufacturing sector.


To ensure long-term resilience, innovation and R&D-driven growth models are of utmost priority. Alongside research, development, commercialisation, and innovation (R&D&C&I) efforts, there is a strong emphasis on the adoption of smart technologies to enhance operational efficiency to thrive in an ever-evolving landscape.


MIDA is your key strategic implementation partner to reach your business goals in the adoption of these technologies.


We encouraged businesses to conduct internal R&D initiatives, collaborate with approved R&D firms or form strategic partnerships with public and private research institutes in Malaysia. Concurrently efforts are being intensified to sustain the momentum in the manufacturing sector in line with Industry4WRD objectives.


MIDA continues to be a networking conduit in linking companies with global and local technology solution providers to facilitate and support industry players on their digitalisation path. We play a pivotal role in steering Malaysia towards its next transformative phase.


Prospective investors are encouraged to take advantage of MIDA’s facilities, grants and incentives and upscale your business today.


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Triple Helix Programme

Realising the significance of knowledge and technology transfer to industry and knowledge commercialisation, MIDA has partnered with local research institutions, universities and industries to launch the Triple Helix Programme.


This programme intends to promote a coordinated effort between three actors: academia, industry, and the government. The establishment of strong linkages and partnership among these three sectors is designed to foster innovation, societal development, and global economic growth.


With the knowledge base and research capabilities, market-driven needs and resources, and the necessary policies and regulatory support, the proposed partnership of the three actors will undoubtedly lead to the creation and innovation of new technologies placing Malaysia as global digital hub.

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Talent Facilitation

A country’s talent pool is a significant factor in determining its global competitiveness, offering a competitive edge in attracting foreign investments and nurturing domestic industries.


Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), as the government’s principal investment promotion agency under the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI), recognises the significance of developing a future-proof talent pool in meeting the evolving talent demands of industries to bridge the gap between the supply and industry demand.


MIDA in collaboration with skills development centre has implemented a talent development programme with the aims of reducing the skills gap and addressing unemployment among Malaysians, unemployed graduates as well as retrenched workers.


In connecting industries with academia to develop crucial skills, MIDA has also been persistently engaging the respective stakeholders to fulfil local talent skill for industry such as Academia and Industry collaboration to address the issues on talent, Internship Facilitation to provide practical placements to university students, Career Fair & Career Talk to provide a platform for human capital direct supply facilitation for industry and Global Talent Outreach programme to reach out to our Malaysian students abroad for the needs of industry in the country.


Other initiatives namely dialogue between relevant ministries & agencies together with industries players, one on one facilitation to the companies etc. are the continuously effort undertaken in order to steer the right skill of the local talents.


Recognising the multiplier effects generated by investment created by both foreign and local private companies, MIDA has been engaging with the industries in this programme with the aim of providing:


  • an insightful snapshot of industry to students, graduates and job seekers
  • a platform for companies in conducting an open interview session for their recruitment purposes
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Investment Incentives Portal (i-Incentives)

i-Incentives is a portal that provides the information on investment incentives offered by the Federal Government of Malaysia. The Incentives Coordination and Collaboration Office (ICCO) established under the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) serves as the central coordinator for all investments initiatives. Acting as a one-stop centre, ICCO provides advice and coordination on incentives offerings, ensuring cross-agency visibility and seamless collaboration. Discover a myriad of opportunities made available to propel your business ventures to new heights. Delve into a comprehensive list of investment incentives provided by various ministries and government agencies for your global business growth.

Visit the i-Incentives Portal for more information.
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Global Supply Chain Coordination

MIDA has been spearheading initiatives to connect local companies and SMEs with multinational companies (MNCs) and large local corporations (LLCs) through many platforms including Supply Chain conferences and other networking events.


Acknowledging the potential of domestic businesses in propelling national economic growth, MIDA actively promotes the expansion of local companies’ market reach and the adoption of best practices as integral contributors to the global supply chain. MIDA facilitates companies interested in the following activities:


  1. Local sourcing activities
    • Leveraging the existence of MNCs/ LLCs in strengthening the supply chain and creating greater spillover benefits.
    • Creating opportunities for domestic companies and mitigate gaps in the supply chain.
    • Developing and upgrading existing local vendors through Vendor Development Programmes in collaboration with MNCs/ LLCs as an anchor company.
  2. Local engineering support
    • Leveraging on Malaysia’s strong engineering support industry (ESI). Our ESI encompasses companies carrying out a wide range of activities including mould and die, machining, metal stamping, metal casts, surface engineering, heat treatment and forging. It is a vital industry to be developed due to its linkages to various economic sectors.


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Funding Needs

MIDA supports local companies, particularly the small and medium enterprise (SMEs) in accessing additional sources of funds, particularly by bridging potential financial and technology gaps. MIDA works closely with local regulators, technology providers, financial institutions as well as equity and corporate advisory firms to facilitate the financial needs of local companies.


Funding options that are available include the economic stimulus packages announced under Budget 2021 including PENJANA, PRIHATIN, PRIHATIN SME PLUS and KITA PRIHATIN. Under PENJANA, the Smart Automation Grant (SAG) was introduced to assist and facilitate SMEs and Mid-Tier Companies (MTCs) to digitalise operations trade channels as well as to enhance their competitiveness at an international level.

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Cross-Border Investment

The Cross Border Investment (CBI) Division facilitates Malaysian companies in seeking technology and investment opportunities abroad by expanding or setting up their operations overseas and tapping into new investment opportunities. Whether it’s expanding current operations or planting roots in new grounds, the Division is all about opening doors to fresh investment landscapes.


What’s more, MIDA, through the CBI Division teams up with Singapore to steer the Malaysia – Singapore Third Country Business Development Fund (MSBDF). This collaboration involves engaging in Joint Trade Missions, conducting Joint Feasibility Studies, and launching Joint Pilots.

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For more information on how to get involved, including how to access forms and guidelines about the MSBDF.

MIDA MoU Partners








Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA)


To engage and cooperate with each other to facilitate common activities for the purpose of exploring and evaluating possibilities for joint collaboration on strategic projects and initiatives in relation to Kedah Rubber City.


AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd


To collaborate on long-term research and development partnerships and upskilling programmes with Malaysian universities, training and research institutions, to create highly skilled and high-value-added employment opportunities. The MOU will see both parties collaborate to uplift Malaysia’s talent competence, especially in high end printed circuit boards (PCB) and IC substrates.


MEDEF International


Formalises the continuous partnership between both organisations to further encourage, promote and facilitate potential investments and business cooperation for mutually beneficial outcomes.


Citibank Berhad


Extend a financial platform and a seamless provision of end-to-end banking services by Citi Malaysia to new and existing foreign investors in Malaysia.


SIRIM Tech Venture Sdn Bhd


Work closely with MIDA’s Domestic Investment Coordination Platform (DICP) in identifying and matching companies to adopt new production solutions.

Promote Malaysia’s technical expertise and to ensure easy access for the domestic companies to technology providers in their desire for higher efficiency and new business models.


HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad



With the combined capabilities of both HSBC and MIDA, investors can expect to see virtual roadshows, joint seminars, conferences and round-table discussions. Companies approaching MIDA can also leverage on HSBC’s expertise in terms of banking and finance including FDI Advisory services.


Ambank (M) Berhad



The collaboration with AmBank (M) Berhad is a dedicated Acceleration Programme under Smart Automation Grant. Companies/Clients will go through a series of sessions to refine their knowledge on automation and digitalisation through simulation training and evaluations.


Cyberview Sdn Bhd



Strategic collaboration in attracting global companies and identifying domestic companies for sustainable investments in high-value services activities, including:

  • principal hub and global distribution centers; and
  • innovative and technology based-services in tech clusters such as smart mobility, smart healthcare and digital creative


Standard Chartered


To attract targeted global investments into Malaysia. The sectors include high-value, high-technology and high-impact investments, including:

  • electrical and electronics,
  • machinery and equipment,
  • medical devices,
  • aerospace,
  • renewable energy; and
  • consumer technology.

Standard Chartered Malaysia’s local expertise and global reach enables potential foreign investors to gain access to banking services and foreign direct investment (FDI) advisory.


United Overseas Bank (UOB)



To attract higher foreign direct investments (FDI) into high value-added sectors. The key priority sectors are:

  • electrical and electronics,
  • machinery and equipment,
  • medical devices,
  • aerospace,
  • renewable energy; and
  • consumer technology.

This MoU will also facilitate the transfer of technology and knowledge for local companies and create opportunities to develop a highly-skilled domestic workforce.


Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPAQ)


The MoU, signed during the 2nd Malaysia-Qatar Joint Trade Committee Meeting (JTC) in Malaysia, looks at  partnership on economic and industrial development as well as joint promotional activities to target investors between both countries.


DHL Express



To attract DHL’s potential MNC clients to look into Malaysia as an investment destination, either for relocation or to centralise their regional operational functions (regional operations) as well as business expansions.


China Communication Construction Company Ltd



To enhance cooperation in the development of industrial parks, infrastructure, logistics hub and  transit-oriented developments pursuant to east coast railway project (ECRL).
The Economic Accelerator Projects may include:

  • An industrial park in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia to attract trade and investments along the ECRL corridor
  • An industrial park in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia to attract trade and investments along the ECRL corridor for hi-technology industries and energy sector or any other areas.
  • Logistics hubs at transport interchanges to promote connectivity and transportation of goods.
  • Transit-oriented developments (TOD) in seven (7) ECRL Project stations to promote new development and to support the growth of industrial parks


Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)


Republic of Korea

The MoU, signed in conjunction with the visit of His Excellency Moon Jae-In, President of the Republic of Korea to Malaysia; inks the partnership on information exchanges relating to investment environment and opportunities, as well as promotion activities and best practices.






To promote synergetic partnership in the collaborative efforts to enhance the adoption of Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) and relating practises for the construction industry’s environmental sustainability and construction materials standards in Malaysia. This include promoting awareness, training and education.


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Malaysia) Berhad (ICBC)



ICBC will support MIDA in investment promotional activities and financial facilitation for investors of both countries.


Mizuho Bank (Malaysia) Berhad




MIDA and Mizuho to cooperate in order to contribute to further expand the Malaysian economy through supporting investment activities of Japanese companies in Malaysia and exchange of information, based on the current amicable relationship existing between both parties.


Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)



To cooperate in the promotion and development of industrial segments in Malaysia, as well as overseas investment and trade between Malaysia and Japan.



The Tokai Bank Limited


To cooperate in the promotion and financial support in investment and trade between Malaysia and Japan.


The Mitsui Bank Ltd
(Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) [SMBC]


To assist in the promotion and development of industrial and trade cooperation between Malaysia and Japan.


Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd
(The Bank of Tokyo Ltd)

Japan (1987)

To continue the cooperation and facilitation of global trade and Investments in Malaysia.