The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is the principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. MIDA acts as the first point of contact for those seeking to invest in the country.
Incorporated as a statutory body under the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority Act, the establishment of MIDA in 1967 was hailed by the World Bank as “the necessary impetus for purposeful, positive and coordinated promotional action” for Malaysia’s industrial development. Since then, MIDA has been at the center of industrial development in the country. It specializes in the promotion of industrialization — mapping out the appropriate strategies, coordinating the activities of the relevant organizations in the public sector and promoting Malaysia to industrialists at home and abroad.
Extending facilitation to investors for the realization and operation of their projects forms an integral part of MIDA’s function other than undertaking planning, promotion and assessment of license applications and incentives for companies to set their bases in Malaysia. MIDA handholds investors right from their initial inquiries until the realization of their projects, as well as assists them to solve issues affecting their company’s operations in the country.
To further enhance MIDA’s role in assisting investors, senior representatives from key government agencies are stationed at MIDA’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to advise investors on government policies and procedures. These representatives include officials from the Department of Labour, the Immigration Department, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, the Department of Environment, Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Tenaga Nasional.
MIDA also has a global network of 20 overseas offices covering the Americas (three offices), Europe (six offices), Asia (nine offices), the Middle East (one office) and Oceania (one office) directly engaging with potential and existing foreign investors. Of the overseas offices, it has two offices in Tokyo and Osaka. In addition, MIDA officers are stationed at its 12 regional offices throughout Malaysia to meet investors on the ground level to assist them with the implementation and operation of their projects. The 12 regional offices around the country are in Selangor, Perak, Pulau Pinang, Kedah and Perlis, Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak.
The vast number of industrial establishments humming along efficiently throughout the country is testimony to MIDA’s milestones. Today, Malaysia has attracted over 8,000 companies that include multinational corporations from more than 40 countries that have made Malaysia their offshore location for manufacturing and related services operations. The indirect result of these projects, from both big and small and foreign and local companies, have generated far more jobs and business opportunities in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. This includes spin-off to other sectors such as hotels and tourism, real estate, logistics, retail, health care, education and banking and insurance.
The organization celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, underscoring its continuous role as a strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. The emphasis now is on embracing the digital future, nurturing local businesses to become global champions through integrating into the international supply chain, as well as creating more skilled job opportunities for Malaysian talent.
MIDA continues to leverage on an ecosystem approach in promoting investments and developing targeted industries. The ecosystem approach involves developing every part of the value chain in the targeted sectors. When a gap is identified in the value chain, MIDA will facilitate targeted investments to fill the gap. The agency believes that this approach is the best way to retain investors as a strong ecosystem offers a more sustainable reason for companies to remain and grow in Malaysia.
The agency trusts that sustainable investments depend extensively on a vibrant talent pool, a knowledge-based economy, robust investor protection, healthy interconnected upstream and downstream industries, and other factors that are the precursor for competitive advantages. With these unique strengths, Malaysia continues to offer a conducive landscape for businesses to thrive.