Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia, consists of 13 States and 3 Federal Territories and boarders Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei. With a population exceeding 27 million Malaysia is one of the fastest and most stable developing regions in Asia. Malaysia has evolved from a raw material producing economy to a dynamic, emerging multi-sector economy which includes hi-tech and medical and pharmaceutical industries in addition to possessing a thriving oil and gas industry.
Growth has been slowing in Malaysia recently with GDP decreasing from 7.2% in 2010 to 5.1% in 2011. This is mainly due to the impact from the on-going Eurozone crisis however Malaysia remains a buoyant economy with the domestic sector driving growth leading Malaysia to become increasingly less influenced by global economic impacts.
The banking sector in Malaysia has developed in recent years to become a robust pillar of the financial system. Spurred on by competitive pressures in the region and financial liberalization the banking system has advanced which has contributed to ensuring numerous international banks are located in Malaysia.
Key benefits of Malaysia:
- Malaysia has been placed on the ‘White List’ of jurisdiction as the OECD has recognized Malaysia as having implemented the required tax related standards.
- Proactive policies by the government ensure Malaysia provides numerous opportunities for growth
- The Corporate Tax Rate in Malaysia is 27% and in addition to this the government offers a wide range of benefits, specifically in relation to manufacturing.
- Malaysia is ranked as the 21st most competitive economy in the 2011 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Yearbook.
- Malaysia has a liberal exchange control system which enables businesses to deal freely in foreign exchange with very little restrictions
- Malaysia has a developed and stable banking system with many international banks located in the country.
- Malaysia offers a young, educated and competitively priced workforce.
- Malaysia has a well-developed infrastructure in relation to other newly industrialized countries in Asia.
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Cyprus Variable Capital Companies: AIFs
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Cyprus Variable Capital Companies: Open-Type UCITS
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