As the Indonesia economy goes through a phase of rapid transformation and development, businesses in Malaysia are well positioned to benefit from its larger neighbor’s growth.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Indonesia’s economic expansion will be driven by infrastructure development, which will also make the country more competitive in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).

Muhyiddin recently made a three-day visit to Indonesia, where he met with senior government officials and prominent members of Indonesia’s business community.

“I believe Malaysian companies will be very willing to work closely with Indonesian firms in developing new projects in the country,” he said at a meeting with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Many public transportation systems, dams, ports, streets, and power plants are being built and are expected to contribute 8% to Indonesia’s economic growth by 2019.

Muhyiddin said the Indonesia economy needed around US$420 billion (RM1.5 trillion) worth of capital for its infrastructure projects between 2015 and 2019. It’s expected that the private sector will provide 40% of that amount.

Indonesia Port

The Kalibaru Port, now under construction, is just one of Indonesia’s large infrastructure projects.

ASEAN Economic Community to Help Entire Region

The Deputy Prime Minister also believes that integration through the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will support trade and investment in the region. Therefore, companies in Malaysia must be competitive enough to expand into the rest of ASEAN.

He added that businessmen in Southeast Asia should gather more information about the AEC to take advantage of the large amount of opportunities that the community will offer.

Muhyiddin asked the Malaysia-Indonesia Business Council and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to step up relations between Malaysia and Indonesia in order to help businesses from both countries benefit from each other’s growth.

“I hope all the parties will identify business potentials and help each other in realizing them.”

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