ASEAN’s market of more than 600 million people is 9% of the world’s total population. Combined income per capita in the region for the past...
Why invest in ASEAN?
Malaysia is your Profit Centre in Asia. It offers a favorable investment climate to individuals and organizations wanting to do business. Government policies are pro-investments and lean towards liberalisation, incentives formulation, tax minimization, and intellectual property protection.
Investors benefit from Malaysia’s infrastructure support that includes over 200 industrial estates and various free zones. Malaysia has 17 free commercial zones (FCZs) which cater commercial activities including trading, grading, repacking, transshipment, and transit. It also has18 free industrial zones (FIZs) which enable export-oriented manufacturing companies to enjoy duty-free import of raw materials, component parts, machinery and equipment.
Malaysia is one of the more highly developed countries in the region, with GDP growth of 5.6% in 2012 and a per capita income of over US$9,000. Unemployment rate is low at 3.2% while inflation is maintained at a low of 1.9%.
Investment opportunities abound in services and manufacturing including, among others, basic metal products, electrical and electronics, engineering support, machinery & equipment, rubber products, medical devices, and petrochemical & polymer.
For more information on investing in Malaysia, click here.MalaysiaCapital: Kuala LumpurDemographyLand Area:Population:Urban population rate:Age clustering:Children below 5 yrs oldYouth 15-29 yrs oldElderly over 65 years oldActive workforce 20-44 yrs oldLife expectancy:Net enrollment in primary education:Adult literacy rate:330,252 sqkm28.96 million71.0 percent8.6 percent29.6 percent5.1 percent41.0 percent74.5 years97.1 percent93.1 percentEconomy(as of 2011)GDP:GDP per capita:Inflation:FDI:Total trade:Tourist arrival:Currency:US$ 287.9 millionUS$ 9,9413.0 percentUS$12 millionUS$ 415.7 million24.7 millionMalaysian ringgitInfrastructure(as of 2011)International airports:Major sea ports:Road length:Paved network:Percentage of paved roads:Vehicles per 1000 persons:Internet subscriber per 1000 persons:Cellphone per 1000 persons:6 international airports7 major ports157,167 square kilometers127,517 square kilometers81 percent6726101,270Other InformationLanguages:
Religion:Race:Bahasa Malaysia as official language, others are English, Mandarin, and Tamil.Islam, Budhism, Christianity, and Hinduism.Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazan, Ibans .
Note: Some figures may vary with figures in the AMS’ website due to different covered periods or record years. Quantitative data were culled from the ASEAN Secretariat Statistics Leaflet Year 2012.