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CHENNAI - With India’s new initiatives of Make in India, Digital India, Start Up India, Smart Cities and Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation taking shape, there are plenty of opportunities for Malaysian and Indian businesses.

Today, in the Tamil Nadu capital, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will meet a group of Indian businessmen brought together by the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI).

Twenty-five Chennai-based businessmen will hear first-hand from Najib what Malaysia has to offer.

Besides pitching for a bigger slice of India’s economic cake, Najib is likely to touch on Malaysia’s success stories and his vision for the future, including Iskandar Malaysia, the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) and the National Trans­formation 2050 (TN50) plan which will pave the way ahead for Malaysia.

Consortium of Indian Industries in Malaysia (CIIM) founder chairman Datuk Umang Sharma said Najib’s visit could not have come at a better time.

“This is especially so from the business perspective. Indian businesses are mostly private-sector driven.

“It is bonanza time for Malaysian entrepreneurs seeking to invest or do business in

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

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

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

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