Miti cautiously optimistic of exports surpassing 5% growth target
SHAH ALAM: The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) is cautiously optimistic of Malaysia surpassing the export growth target of 5% this year as indicated by the current figures.
Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Meng said Miti was still monitoring the situation for unanticipated events which might affect the target, particularly the US-China trade war.
“For now, we are cautiously optimistic that we could exceed the target. The export (especially) of electrical and electronics (products) is growing very strong, supported by companies like Panasonic which leads the way in pushing it to a higher level.
“This is despite the slower export in the commodity sector,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the 50th anniversary of Panasonic Manufacturing in Malaysia and the centennial celebration of the Panasonic Group. Also present was Selangor Mentri Besar Amiruddin Shari.
Ong said although the weaker ringgit has helped lift Malaysia’s exports, the government did not want to rely on the weakness of the local note as it could also increase the costs of importing intermediate materials.
Meanwhile, Amiruddin said Selangor was confident of meeting the target of RM7bil in foreign direct investment (FDI) this year on the back of Malaysia’s healthy investment environment and development.
He noted that investment sentiment was slightly dampened during the general election campaigning period and polls in May due to political uncertainties but investor confidence level had since improved and the rate of investment was picking up.
“We are monitoring closely the FDI inflow into the state and noticed that it was also slightly impacted by the US-China trade war.
“However, the state government would continue to look for more investment opportunities, particularly in the services industry, leveraging on its excellent logistics facilities,” he said. — Bernama
The export (especially) of electrical and electronics (products) is growing very strong. Dr Ong Kian Meng