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PETALING JAYA - Malaysia has been ranked as the best place to invest in this year in an international survey of 80 countries.

It is ahead of Singapore, which is at No.2, followed by Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and India.

The survey noted that Malaysia was “one of the top recipients of foreign direct investment, and its pro-business government offers a wide range of incentives to investors”.

It was undertaken by BAV Consulting, which is a global strategic brand consultancy, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

It was done in consultation with the US News & World Report, which stated on its website that the survey was done “to capture how countries are perceived on a global scale”.

The ranking is based on scores from 6,000 business decision makers compiled based on attributes such as corruption, dynamic, economically stable, entrepreneurial, favourable tax environment, innovative, skilled labour force and technological expertise.

Economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng said the ranking suggested that investor confidence and sentiments here were positive despite recent negative developments in the country.

“This perhaps indicates that Malaysia’s growth and

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia has emerged as the front-runner in the 2017 ranking for best countries to invest in, scoring at least 30 points more than any other country on a 100-point scale.

The ranking is based on scores from over 6,000 business decision makers compiled on eight equally-weighted country attributes - corruption, dynamic, economically stable, entrepreneurial, favourable tax environment, innovative, skilled labor force and technological expertise.

Countries that the decision makers

KUALA LUMPUR - The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will not be implemented without the U.S., Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday in written responses to questions from the Nikkei Asian Review.

Though it is too early to make a determination until President-elect Donald Trump assumes office, Najib insisted it is unlikely the TPP will take effect without the U.S., which accounts for some 60% of the combined gross domestic product of the pact's 12 signatories. 

"In its current

KUALA NERUS - The implementation of the first aquapolitan programme involving 500 fishermen families in Terengganu dubbed "Sea-Felda" is expected to raise the living standard of the group, especially from the financial aspect.

Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman said the programme took inspiration from the success of the government's earlier efforts in assisting Felda settlers.

"For a start, 500 families of fishermen will be participating in a pioneer programme at Kampung Seberang Pak Abu

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's economy is seen growing at 4.5 per cent in 2017 on strong private consumption, but will continue to suffer from weak commodity prices and slowing private investment, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday. 

The Southeast Asian economy has been buffetted by poor demand for its exports of commodities and liquefied natural gas over the past year. In Jan, the government cut spending and revised its 2016 growth forecast down to 4.0-4.5 per cent from 4.0-5.0

Global design and consultancy firm Arcadis released a report on the most sustainable cities in the world.

Arcadis said it ranks 100 global cities across three sectors of sustainability — "People, planet and profit."

Nestled within the report, entitled "Sustainable Cities Index 2016: Putting people at the heart of city sustainability" is a "profit sub-index" which ranks all the cities in the world in order of wealth and economic sustainability.

It basically examines a city's performance from

KUALA LUMPUR - Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed will lead a trade and investment mission to India and Sri Lanka from May 1-6 in a continuous effort to promote Malaysia as a profit and regional centre for businesses and investments.

Together with top officials of the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), including its Deputy Chief Executive Officer II, Datuk Rajendran Narayanasamy, investment seminars will be held in New Delhi and

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