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Business Dynamics: Malaysia

February 2021

Malaysia stands among the top 15 countries globally in the Ease of Doing Business Index 2020, despite complicated procedures of starting a business and paying taxes. Access to finance is facilitated by a sound financial system and low interest rates. Higher education attainment rates keep on rising, and a flexible labour market provides a competitive edge. Transport and ICT infrastructure is set to see major investment which should support logistics and trade, as well as foster innovation adopti

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Business Dynamics: Malaysia

HEADLINES

OPERATIONAL AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

Malaysia holds a solid position in Doing Business rankings, yet starting a business remains complex

FINANCING AND INVESTMENT

Sound financial system provides great access to finance

SKILLS AND LABOUR

Higher education attainment levels keep on rising, yet skills shortages and gender employment gap prevail

TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Transport infrastructure to see major investments, stimulating logistics development

DIGITALISATION AND INNOVATION

Despite high internet penetration, ICT adoption lags behind leading Asian economies

OPERATIONAL AND LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

Chart 1 Operational and Legal Environment Key Indicators Chart 2 Ease of Doing Business Ranking by Pillar Regional Comparison 2020 Chart 3 Ease of Doing Business Ranking Regional Comparison 2015-2020 Chart 4 Ease of Doing Business Indicators: Time Needed to Start/Close a Business 2020 Chart 5 Ease of Doing Business Indicators: Costs Incurred to Start and Operate a Business 2020 Chart 6 Tax Rates 2020 Chart 7 Insolvency Recovery Rate by Secured Creditors in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2020 Chart 8 Global Competitiveness Ranking by Pillar in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2019 Chart 9 Global Competitiveness Ranking for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 10 Global Competitiveness Index: Macroeconomic Stability Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 11 Index of Economic Freedom Ranking by Pillar in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2020 Chart 12 Index of Economic Freedom Ranking Over Time 2015-2020 Chart 13 Index of Economic Freedom: Judicial Effectiveness Pillar Rank in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2017-2020 Chart 14 Index of Economic Freedom: Government Integrity Pillar Rank in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2015-2020 Chart 15 Number of New Businesses and Annual Real GDP Growth in Malaysia 2015-2020 Chart 16 New Business Density in Malaysia Compared to Regional Average 2015-2020 Chart 17 Operational Environment in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2019 Chart 18 Corruption Perceptions Ranking: Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019

FINANCING AND INVESTMENTS

Chart 19 Key Financial and Investment Indicators Chart 20 Ease of Doing Business Ranking: Getting Credit Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2015-2020 Chart 21 Soundness of Credit Information: Credit Bureau Coverage 2020 Chart 22 Global Competitiveness Ranking: Financial Systems Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 23 Ease of Doing Business Ranking: Protecting Minority Investors Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2015-2020 Chart 24 Index of Economic Freedom: Property Rights Pillar Rank in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2015-2020 Chart 25 Number of Companies Admitted to Listing on the Exchange and Market Capitalisation Dynamics 2015-2019 Chart 26 Stock Market Index in Malaysia and Selected Regional Countries 2015-2020 Chart 27 Stocks Traded as % of GDP in Malaysia and Selected Regional Economies 2014-2019 Chart 28 Bank Claims on the Private Sector as % of GDP 2015-2020

SKILLS AND LABOUR

Chart 29 Key Skills and Labour Indicators Chart 30 Global Competitiveness Ranking: Skills Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 31 Population Aged 15+ with Higher Education 2015-2020 Chart 32 Education Indicators 2020 Chart 33 Number of University Graduates by Programme 2020 Chart 34 Global Competitiveness Ranking: Labour Market Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 35 Employment by Age 2020 Chart 36 Employment by Gender 2020 Chart 37 Labour Structure Change over 2015-2020 Chart 38 Labour Structure Comparison 2020 Chart 39 Self Employed as % of Total Employed Population 2020 Chart 40 Index of Economic Freedom: Labour Pillar Rank in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2015-2020 Chart 41 Minimum Wage per Hour over 2015-2020 Chart 42 Wage per Hour in Manufacturing Sector over 2015-2020 Chart 43 Labour Market Regulations in Malaysia and Regional Comparison Chart 44 Employment by Industry Sector 2020

TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Chart 45 Key Infrastructure Indicators Chart 46 Logistics Performance Index Scores by Pillar in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2020 Chart 47 Logistics Performance Index Ranking for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2015-2020 Chart 48 Global Competitiveness Ranking: Product Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 49 Global Competitiveness Ranking: Infrastructure Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 50 Transportation Mode Indicators in Malaysia and Regional Comparison Chart 51 Road Infrastructure 2020 Chart 52 Ease of Doing Business Ranking: Trading Across Borders Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2015-2020 Chart 53 Transaction Time for Trading Across Borders 2020 Chart 54 Costs of Trade Transactions Across Borders 2020 Chart 55 Global Competitiveness Ranking: Market Size Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019

DIGITALISATION AND INNOVATION

Chart 56 Innovation and Digitalisation Key Indicators Chart 57 Network Readiness Ranking by Pillar in Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2020 Chart 58 Network Readiness Ranking for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2019-2020 Chart 59 Network Readiness Ranking: Technology Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2019-2020 Chart 60 Global Competitiveness Ranking: ICT Adoption Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 61 Global Competitiveness Index: Innovation Pillar for Malaysia and Regional Comparison 2014-2019 Chart 62 Intellectual Property: Malaysia Compared to Selected Regional Peers

APPENDIX A

The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index (Doing Business) 2020

APPENDIX B

The Global Competitive Index (GCI) 2019

APPENDIX C

The 2020 Index of Economic Freedom

APPENDIX D

The Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2020

APPENDIX E

The Network Readiness Index (NRI) 2020
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