Malaysia Ranks Sixth As Most Attractive Investment Destination
Malaysia is now ranked 6th in this year’s ranking of destinations of attractiveness for foreign investors in an index published by the Foreign Policy Magazine.
Previously ranked 11th, Malaysia is one of the only two ASEAN countries ranked in the top 10 of the Baseline Profitability Index (BPI). The other ASEAN country ranked in the top 10 is Singapore, while Indonesia was ranked 12th, Vietnam at 23rd, Philippines at 30th and Thailand in the 38th position. The ranking, which covered 110 countries across six continents, reassures that Malaysia is an attractive profit centre for investors.
The ranking affirms that Malaysia provides a friendly business environment and therefore is an attractive place to invest. This ranking is based not only on historical conditions but also on expectations on conditions prevailing over the next five years. The ranking is a reflection of the continuous improvement in the delivery of public services and overall efficiency of the Government machinery.
According to Malaysian Investment Development Authority’s (MIDA) chief executive Datuk Azman Mahmud, this endorsement dissolves lingering misperceptions and attests the country’s improving economic fundamentals and the Government’s prudent, proactive and pragmatic policies to diversify the economy.
The BPI, introduced by a professor of New York University’s Stern School of Business, uses a holistic approach based on eight factors that will affect the ultimate success of a foreign investment.
These factors include the economic growth, financial stability, physical security, corruption, expropriation by government, exploitation by local partners, capital controls, and exchange rates
The BPI calculation also includes changes made by the World Bank in its measurement of GDP such as the revised method to compare living standards across countries.