Foreign Investments in Malaysia Increased by 64% in 2016

Updated on Wednesday 03rd May 2017

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The level of foreign investments in Malaysia increased in 2016 by 64%, providing numerous business opportunities in various economic fields. Investors who want to open a company in Malaysia should know that the increase refers to an year-to-year basis and our team of company formation representatives can offer advice on the investment legislation and the incentives set up by the Malaysian government

Characteristics of the FDI in Malaysia   

The level of foreign investments in Malaysia reached in 2016 an increase of 64%, which accounted for RM 207,9 billion, according to the data provided by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

Foreign businessmen interested in the procedure of company formation in Malaysia can find relevant business opportunities in the below mentioned economic sectors, which attracted the the highest value of foreign direct investments

•    manufacturing; 
•    services;
•    real estate;
•    financial services;
•    telecommunications.

Sources of FDI in Malaysia 

The main countries which were interested to invest in Malaysia were the following: 

•    China;
•    the Netherlands;
•    United States of America. 

According to MIDA, China, the largest investor, preferred to invest in the manufacturing industry. Businessmen who want to start the procedure of company registration in Malaysia must also know that in 2016, an economic  field which experienced a rapid increase was the mining industry, which expanded by 83%, as a direct consequence of the investments performed in products such as oil and gas. Our team of consultants in company registration in Malaysia can offer further advice on the requirements imposed when performing mining activities here. 

One of the main targets of the Malaysian government is to turn the country into one of the most attractive investment markets of the ASEAN structure (Association of the Southeast Asian Nations). A part of this strategy is to provide relevant tax reductions for foreign companies operating here. 

At the level of 2016, the service sector received the highest level of investments (50.7%) of all the FDI activities carried out here. 

Businessmen are invited to contact our team of company formation agents in Malaysia for more information related to the tax regulations available for foreign investments.  


May 3, 2017

Impressive! I knew that Malaysia was a very competitive economy in its region, but this is beyond my expectations.

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