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Location, location, location – Malaysia lies at the heart of Southeast Asia, strategically situated along the East-West trade route and between the huge economies of China and India.
Economic History Encyclopaedia
Being at the heart of the ASEAN region in direct reach of a population base of over 570 million people, which larger than the population of the USA and Japan combined, and with a combined GDP of more than US$1.5 trillion, shouldn’t you locate to Malaysia? More than 5,000 companies from over 60 nations already have.
Bank Negara Malaysia
On 1 Jan 2010, China and ASEAN formed a Free Trade Area. With more than 1.9 billion people, a combined GDP of over USD5.8 trillion, or 10% of Global GDP, it rivals the European Economic Area and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries. Being at the centre of ASEAN, Malaysia attracted over 145 Operational HQs, 201 International Procurement Centres, 17 Regional Distribution Centres, 624 Regional Offices and 1,402 Representative Offices.
Ministry of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia
In terms of Economic Performance, Malaysia received particularly strong ratings due to low long-term unemployment (ranked 4th), strong exports as a percentage of GDP (ranked 3rd) and good current account balances as a percentage of GDP (ranked 2nd)
Ministry of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia
In the 2009 Forbes 4th annual Best Countries for Business, Malaysia is ranked 13th out of 127 economies.
This is the first country in the world to expand upon private-public sector collaboration structured on the concept of pursuing “growth with equity”, and expressed through Malaysia Incorporated.
United Nations Public Administration Network
When it comes to Business Efficiency, Malaysia is 4th out of 58 economies beating out Australia (5), Brazil (24), China (28), Germany (25), India (17), Indonesia (34), Japan (23), The Netherlands (15), the Philippines (32), Russia (53), South Korea (27), Thailand (20), the UK (26) and the US (13).
IMD Business School
World-class corporate governance framework. Out of 134 countries, Malaysia is ranked 25th, ahead of Brazil (46), China (90), India (45), Indonesia 27), Japan (28), the Philippines (8), Russia (35), Spain (36), Taiwan (39), Thailand (66) and Vietnam (85).
World Economic Forum
As a signatory of the New York Convention 1958 and the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States for settlement at International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) or the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.
Business Anti-Corruption
In 2010, the Malaysian economy accelerated further to record double-digit GDP growth of 10.1% for the first quarter of 2010 (Q4 2009: 4.4%), the highest pace since Q1 2000 (11.7%). In comparison the Euro Area recorded a growth of 0.5%, Japan (4.6%), South Korea (7.8%), the UK (-0.3%) and the US (2.5%).
Ministry of Finance, Malaysia
Malaysia is ranked the 20th most attractive FDI destination in the world in AT Kearney’s 2010 FDI Confidence Index. Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan were not amongst the top 20 in the Index.
AT Kearney
Successful economic transformation. From a producer of raw materials, Malaysia evolved into a multi-sector economy, which has transformed into a service-driven and knowledge-based economy. Now, Malaysia is taking steps to move up the value chain and become a high value-added, high-income economy.
Business Week
Strong fiscal policies. Inflation is relatively mild at an average of 1.70% while unemployment is a low 3.7%.
Trading Economics
Malaysia offers the services industry a higher level of confidence as to the sustainable nature of their investment when compared to China (16), India (20), South Africa (19) and Thailand (19).
A sizeable 99.2% or 548,267 of Malaysian business establishments are made up of SMEs, of which about 80% are micro enterprises. 87% of Malaysia’s SMEs are in the services sector, while 7.2% are in manufacturing and 6.2% are in the agricultural sector.
Bank Negara Malaysia
The New Economic Model report prepared by the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) noted that Malaysia's SMEs account for 35% of the GDP and 57% of total employment as well as 20% of exports.
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia
The eight Strategic Reform Initiatives of the New Economic Model are focused on re-energising the private sector to lead growth, developing a quality workforce and reducing dependency on foreign labour, creating a competitive domestic economy, strengthening the public sector, putting in place transparent and market friendly affirmative action, building knowledge base infrastructure, enhancing the sources of growth and finally, ensuring sustainability of growth.
The Star Online
Malaysia is ranked 20th most business friendly in the world, compared to Brazil (125), China (83), France (31), the Netherlands (26), India (122), Indonesia (129), Germany (25), the Philippines (140), Russia (120), Vietnam (92) or even Switzerland (21). So, doing business here is a breeze.
Doing Business
The World Investment Report 2010 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), rates Malaysia as one of the top 15 host nations for FDI in 2010-2012. So far, FDI inflow in the first quarter of 2010 was USD1.41 billion.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
For its Business Environment, Malaysia is ranked 23rd out of 82 countries, ahead of Brazil (39), China (49), India (58), Indonesia (60), Japan (26), the Philippines (55), Russia (61), South Korea (25), Thailand (38) and Vietnam (65).
Economist Intelligence Unit
There are 2,566 MSC Malaysia Status companies, and they have generated over 63,000 knowledge-based jobs, 1,815 IP/Patents, revenues of over USD4 billion and exports worth over USD1.5 billion. And its got space for more!
Multimedia Super Corridor, Malaysia
Lauded for her for successes in areas such as inflation control, economic growth goals, currency stability and interest rate management, Bank Negara Malaysia Governor, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz earned the distinction of being one of 7 central bankers worldwide to receive the top mark of an A in the latest "Central Banker Report Card" published by Global Finance, continuing on the success of receiving a similar honour in 2009.
Business Times
Malaysia is the world’s 59th freest economy, freer than Brazil (113), China (140), India (124), Indonesia (114), the Philippines (109), Russia (143), Thailand (66) and Vietnam (144).
Index of Economic Freedom
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation) a unique organization established to direct and oversee MSC Malaysia, the national ICT development initiative, by advising the Malaysian Government on legislation and policies, developing industry-specific practices and setting the standards for multimedia and digital operations. MDEC is also responsible for promoting MSC Malaysia locally and globally, whilst providing strategic support to MSC Malaysia Status Companies.

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