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Foreign appetite for Malaysian bonds has been increasing over the year, with international buyers moving into the market for government papers as investors seek higher returns and market stability.

As part of a broad national strategy to promote itself as a prime tourism destination, Malaysia has ramped up efforts to court Chinese visitors with a series of initiatives. 

While a slowing of economic growth and uncertainty over global market conditions are expected to cool Malaysia’s insurance industry this year, regulatory reforms could drive expansion in the medium term.

While the first six months of 2016 have brought mixed results, Malaysia’s economy is expected to give an improved performance in the second half of the year, especially as remedial measures introduced by the government gain momentum.

A cooling domestic economy and uncertainty over the pace of global recovery could slow the rebound of Malaysia’s automotive sector, which has seen sales decline year-to-date. 

 

Its strategic location beside the Strait of Malacca makes Malaysia an ideal distribution base of seaborne cargos for the Asia-Pacific region. A prime example of this is that Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line, has a 30% equity stake in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia’s primary container terminal, after shifting all of...