FDI from Japan to exceed US$30bil this year – Tengku Zafrul

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) expects foreign direct investment (FDI) from Japan to exceed US$30 billion this year, buoyed by continuous support from the Japanese companies.

Its Minister, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, said the private sector in both countries has expressed their confidence over business prospects this year, although the global trade environment is experiencing a slowdown.

“When we look at the local and global economy, we hope that the (Malaysia-Japan trade) growth will continue, but we still have to see (the progress because there is) too many uncertainties now in global trade.

“However, investment is a separate issue. I think (for) investment, we are optimistic,” he told reporters after officiating at the Malaysia-Japan Economic Dialogue here, today.

Earlier in his speech, Tengku Zafrul said Malaysia truly values the close and robust economic linkages with Japan, which has been one of Malaysia’s important economic partners for the last couple of decades.

In fact, he said Japan has been Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner for eight successive years since 2015 and, in 2022, trade with Japan made up 6.4 per cent of Malaysia’s total trade at US$41.26 billion (RM181.73 billion) amid the backdrop of a challenging global environment.

He noted that, as of June 2023, a total of 2,778 projects by the Japanese companies were implemented in Malaysia, with investments amounting to US$27.25 billion (RM91.89 billion), creating a total of 337,758 job opportunities.

“It is encouraging to note the continuous appetite from Japanese investors towards Malaysia as we continue to welcome more and more FDIs from Japan,” he said.

At the event, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint crediting mechanism was signed between the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).

FMM president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai said the MoU is aimed at facilitating the small and medium enterprises and large entities from both countries to be more competitive at the global front, including providing market access to the respective destinations.

“Last year, we achieved about US$40 billion of trade (with Japan), but this year, we are hoping it to increase further by more than 10 to 20 per cent.

“With this MoU, we can have more direct business-to-business communications and more export from Malaysia, whilst at the same time Japan also can export to Malaysia,” he added. – Bernama

Source: The Star https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2023/10/25/fdi-from-japan-to-exceed-us30bil-this-year—tengku-zafrul