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Malaysia top country in emerging Southeast Asia for foreign investment, says Milken Institute

The Milken Institute’s Global Opportunity Index evaluates 126 countries across seven geographic regions – highlighting emerging Southeast Asia – to measure their potential attractiveness to foreign investors; Sweden ranks No. 1 overall among the best countries to invest in; America out of top-5

Los Angeles, January 26, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Malaysia ranks No. 1 in emerging Southeast Asia as the country with the most potential to attract foreign investors, according to the 2022 Milken Institute Global Opportunity Index. This annual assessment, designed to help investors and policymakers inform global investment decisions, assesses the investment landscape of the economy using variables such as macroeconomic outlook, access to financial services, potential for future innovation and growth, and more. evaluates.

The 2022 Global Opportunities Index includes a report focusing on emerging Southeast Asia, a region where capital inflows can drive innovation, job creation and increased competitiveness.

Emerging Southeast Asia scored well compared to other emerging and developing economies in three key areas: 1) a strong economic performance, 2) offering a highly qualified workforce, and 3) being firmly integrated with the global economy.

Malaysia, home to the third largest bond market in Asia (after Japan and the Republic of Korea), has taken steps in recent years to ease sanctions and create policies to capitalize on business growth, giving the country its first It has helped in claiming the place ranking. This year’s index.

“In this year’s report, we identify a number of policies that will help emerging Southeast Asia remain competitive in terms of investment opportunities,” it said. Claude Lopez, PhD, head of the research department at the Milken Institute. “Governments in the region must strengthen their institutional frameworks, deepen regional integration to take advantage of each country’s unique resources and opportunities, and maximize social impact by leveraging global capital flows to advance development.” needed.”

Key findings of the 2022 Global Opportunity Index include:

  • Sweden maintained its No. 1 rank as the country with the most potential to attract foreign investment from 2021, followed by the UK at No. 2 and Denmark at No. 3. The US dropped from third place in 2021 to ninth this year, driven mostly by weak economic fundamentals and financial conditions.

  • Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia took the top spot in emerging Southeast Asia. Malaysia achieved the highest ranking in the region due to its strong performance in all the categories measured. Vietnam and the Philippines rounded out the top five countries in emerging Southeast Asia, in that order.

  • New this year, the Global Opportunity Index has set CO . Added seven environmental, social and governance (ESG) variables including2 Emissions and the proportion of women in government positions. These variables are included to reflect the increasing appetite of investors to incorporate ESG data into business decisions.

How the Global Opportunity Index evaluates countries:

To create the index, the Milken Institute evaluates investment opportunities through 100 variables arranged in five categories and 14 subcategories. The five major categories include: business perception, financial services, international standards and policy, economic fundamentals, and institutional framework. Variables within these categories measured all angles of countries’ investment potential, including economic openness and performance, occupational barriers, and workforce talent and diversity. Data sources included the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the Bank for International Settlements, and the Global Health Data Exchange.

To know more, download the full report here.

2022 Milken Institute Global Opportunity Index Results
overall
1. Sweden
2. United Kingdom
3. Denmark
4. Finland
5. Netherlands

Emerging Southeast Asia
1. Malaysia
2. Thailand
3. Indonesia
4. Vietnam
5. Philippines

About the Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that aims to help people create meaningful lives in which they can experience health and wellness, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and help themselves and their wider community. Can gain access to resources needed for opportunities. Community Visit https://milkeninstitute.org/ for more information.

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Contact

Media Contact: Chad Clinton, cclinton@milkeninstitute.org, +1 202-262-1067.

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