Malaysia Investment Performance 2015: Driving Sustainable Growth
A moderate global growth was recorded in 2015, which declined to 2.4 per cent from 2.6 per cent in 2014, due to post-crises lows in commodity prices, restrained capital flows and subdued global trade. Malaysia, however managed to retain its position as one of the top investment destinations despite the slow growth affecting many economies. Malaysia was recognised as one of the top host economies for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) over 2014-2016 in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) World Investment Prospects Survey.
According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2015/2016 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Malaysia consolidated its position among the world’s top 20 most competitive economies when it advanced two spots to 18th place out of 140 countries. For its business-friendly climate, Malaysia was ranked 18th on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report for 2016. Although this was a slight drop from 17th place in the preceding year, Malaysia still came out ahead of the Netherlands, Japan and Thailand.