Bursa and Maybank co-host invest Malaysia 2019
Focus Malaysia 14 Mar 2019 11:42

Bursa Malaysia and Maybank will co-host the 15th edition of Invest Malaysia: The Capital Market Forum from 19th to 20th March 2019 at the ShangriLa Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The forum, which is the largest annual capital market event in Malaysia, will showcase 63 of Malaysia’s listed companies, ranging from large to mid cap PLCs with market capitalisation totalling RM913 billion.

Invest Malaysia 2019 (IM2019) is expected to attract over 1000 local and regional fund managers from Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, United States of America and United Kingdom, with a total estimated AUM of USD20.16 trillion.

The guest of honour for the conference will be the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad, who will deliver the keynote address.

This year’s forum will put to the floor for discussion Malaysia’s ambition and purpose for the nation and provide clarity on the programmes designed to deliver on Malaysia’s new agenda for growth.

Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia said, “The Invest Malaysia forum is the perfect platform to express Malaysia’s ambition, purpose and clarity for its next phase of development, placing the country firmly back on international investor’s radar.”

“Malaysia’s growth story is intact, despite potential challenges in the short run. The economy is resilient and dynamic, making the country a strong investment choice in a world of uncertainty. Beyond that, Malaysia’s institutional frameworks are robust and flexible enough to respond to changing times and needs. Our vibrancy and attractiveness were evidenced through the high participation and contribution from the foreign investors. Despite all the headwinds last year, foreign outflow from our capital market was the second lowest among our ASEAN Emerging Market peers and our foreign shareholdings remained intact at 23.4% of total market capitalisation. This is a real testament to the international confidence in our marketplace,” he further added.

Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, Group President and CEO of Maybank said, “We believe that Malaysia remains a compelling investment destination and also a key gateway to the fast growing ASEAN markets. Our research has shown that Malaysia continues to give good returns on investment, especially for those taking a longer term view on investing in the country. Yearly returns from FDI have averaged 12.2% from 2010 to 2017 in Malaysia, higher than most major and regional economies.1"

“Today, with the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Malaysia must maintain its competitiveness by executing critical structural reforms while integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to ensure an attractive business climate for investors. The Invest Malaysia forum is designed to elicit structured dialogue around the role of ESG and the responsibility of capital market leaders. We look forward to the gathering of some of the world’s leading capital market influencers to be part of the discussion.”

Notable conversationalists at IMKL2019 include:
 YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng (Minister of Finance of Malaysia) who will provide greater clarity on Malaysia’s fiscal policy framework that will continue to drive the country’s sustainable growth
 Heads of GLICs namely Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan (Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad), YAM Tunku Alizakri Raja Muhammad Alias (CEO of Employees Provident Fund), Tuan Syed Hamadah Othman (CEO of KWAP) and YB Dato' Abdul Rahman Ahmad (CEO of PNB) who will shed light on their new or enhanced mandates and how they are aligned with the national growth agenda.
 Datin Vivy Yusof (Co-founder, FashionValet), Lau Kean Cheong (Group CEO, Inari Amerton Berhad), Surina Shukri (CEO, MDEC), and Afzal Abdul Rahim (CEO, TIME dotCom) who will share their experiences and success stories of business innovation to transform challenges into opportunities.

Participating corporates from various industries including banking, property, automotive, and telecommunications, will also be holding private meetings with fund managers during the conference. To-date, more than 2800 meeting requests have been received, reflecting the strong interest among institutional investors in Malaysia’s investment opportunities.

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