Aiming High – Navigating the next stage of Malaysia’s Development

Siobhan Das, CEO of AMCHAM, was delighted to be on the panel at World Bank’s webinar “Aiming High – Navigating the next stage of Malaysia’s Development”, held on 20 April. This webinar coincided with the recently launched World Bank report.

Siobhan Das was joined by Dato’ Sri Norazman Ayob, Deputy Secretary-General (Industry), Deputy Secretary General’s Office (Industrial Development), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI); Dr. Sumitra Nair, Vice President and Head – Digital Skills and Jobs, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC); and Ganesh Kumar Bangah, Founder & Executive Chairman, Netccentric Ltd., with Cecile Thioro Niang, Practice Manager, Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation, World Bank Group, moderating the session.

It was a robust discussion among the panelists addressing areas of boosting competitiveness and creating jobs in Malaysia as well as the steps required for growth, innovation, and attracting foreign investment. The discussion also centered around talent and digital skills to meet the current demands and how to drive foreign investment into Malaysia.

New investors cite the fact that their partners have an existence in Malaysia as one of the reasons for choosing Malaysia. Happy investors are the most important factor drawing in potential new investors. A high-skilled and English-speaking workforce has also been a positive point for attracting FDIs.

AMCHAM would like to thank the World Bank for inviting us to be on the panel and we look forward to future collaborations. Thank you to all our members as well for participating in this morning’s session.