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MIDA: Malaysia remains attractive for MNCs in global manufacturing supply chain

MIDA: Malaysia remains attractive for MNCs in global manufacturing supply chain

09 Jul 2023

Malaysia is an attractive investment destination for multinational companies (MNCs) because of its outstanding advantages in the global manufacturing supply chain, said the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida).

MNCs eyeing expansion in Asia, particularly, can harness Malaysia’s robust infrastructure, efficient transportation networks, and logistics capabilities to optimise supply chains and unlock diverse markets, Mida chairman Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob told Bernama.

“MNCs should capitalise on Malaysia’s strategic location which provides excellent connectivity to regional and global markets. They should leverage this advantage to establish Malaysia as a hub for their regional or global operations.

“By actively engaging with the abundant local suppliers, manufacturers, and service providers, MNCs have the opportunity to create a robust ecosystem to support their endeavour,” he said.

Sulaiman highlighted the Industry Linkage Programme as one such initiative which encourages partnerships between larger and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This one-day programme, held in Penang last month, has connected 11 MNCs and 52 SMEs through more than 150 impactful business-to-business (B2B) sessions.

“Collaborating with local partners can help MNCs and SMEs navigate the local business landscape, gain market insights, and access local expertise.

“We have seen the shift towards some SMEs playing a bigger role in the global supply chain. These companies are differentiating themselves by providing value-added services, customised, high quality and lower cost products with faster speed to markets,” he said.

Sulaiman explained that by setting up their supply hub in Malaysia and linking with local SMEs, MNCs could take advantage of the country’s extensive trade links and lower cost of doing business environment.

He referred to the Mida-Xinyi Supply Chain Programme as a successful partnership between local enterprises and MNCs.

China’s leading integrated glass manufacturer Xinyi manufactures high-quality float glass, automobile glass and energy-saving architectural glass, and has a sales network covering over 130 countries and regions around the world.

Sulaiman said that Xinyi Malaysia is operating in Jasin, Melaka, as the first overseas division outside China and the company is now looking to expand its supplier base as part of its localisation plan.

“Up to 98 per cent of products have zero import duties under Malaysia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with ASEAN, leading to lower costs of doing business.

“This grants companies operating in Malaysia preferential access to capture growth opportunities and immediate markets within one of the world’s largest trading blocs,” he said.

Malaysia has established a robust network of trade links through multiple FTAs such as with Japan, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Chile, Australia, and Turkey.

On the Asean level, Malaysia is part of the Asean free trade agreement (AFTA), which includes regional FTAs with China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

“Malaysia will continue to strengthen its logistics and transportation networks to enhance connectivity with global markets to facilitate the seamless flow of goods, services, and information, thus ensuring the country’s position as an ideal Asian supply hub,” Sulaiman said.

Source: Bernama