Malaysia tops emerging Southeast Asia for foreign investment in 2022 — Milken Institute
28 Jan 2022
Malaysia ranks No. 1 in emerging Southeast Asia as the country with the most potential to attract foreign investors, according to the 2022 Milken Institute Global Opportunity Index.
The annual assessment, created to help inform investor and policymaker global investment decisions, evaluates an economy’s investment landscape using variables such as the macroeconomic outlook, access to financial services, the potential for future innovation and development, and more.
“In this year’s report, we identified several policies that will help emerging Southeast Asia remain competitive when it comes to investment opportunities,” said Claude Lopez, the head of the Research Department of the Milken Institute.
“Governments in the region must strengthen their institutional frameworks, deepen regional integration to take advantage of each country’s unique resources and opportunities, and maximise social impact by leveraging global capital flows to advance development.”
The 2022 Global Opportunity Index includes a report focusing on emerging Southeast Asia, a region where an influx of capital could lead to increased innovation, job creation and competitiveness, according to a statement.
Emerging Southeast Asia scored well compared to other emerging and developing economies in three key areas: i) having a strong economic performance; ii) offering a highly qualified workforce; and iii) being firmly integrated with the global economy.
Key findings from the 2022 Global Opportunity Index include Sweden maintaining its No. 1 rank from 2021 as the country with the most potential to attract foreign investment, followed by the UK at No. 2 and Denmark at No. 3.
Meanwhile, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia took the top spots in emerging Southeast Asia. Malaysia received the highest ranking in the region due to its strong performance across all categories measured. Vietnam and the Philippines rounded out the top five countries in emerging Southeast Asia — in that order.
To create the index, the Milken Institute evaluated investment opportunities through 100 variables organised into five categories and 14 subcategories. The five major categories included business perception, financial services, international standards and policy, economic fundamentals and institutional frameworks.