In the year since the change of government, hundreds of billions in bilateral investments have been announced. Countries like China, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Australia, Indonesia, and Japan, just to name a few, have made headlines on a consistent basis in all manner of industries. There are opportunities for businesses to grow even as the geopolitical turmoil threatens to derail globalisation and the interconnected way that businesses operate.

Closer to home, the Thai Government recently pitched the idea of a land bridge to cut days off the journey from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean. Effectively bypassing Singapore and Malaysia in the process, is this a threat to the existing port, rail, and road infrastructure strategies? If this comes to fruition how will economic planners make Malaysia an attractive trade and investment destination?

At the same time, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has taken every opportunity to travel the world to meet world leaders and captains of industry to promote the country while looking to bring the nation to the next level through a campaign to clean up leakages in the economy and have companies adopt best practices like ESG, rapid digitalisation, higher income, and improved productivity. 

This leads us to the following critical questions:

  1. Can Malaysia build an efficient logistics infrastructure to empower supply chains?
  2. What is the digital future of Malaysia, and has the 5G revolution arrived?
  3. Will the cyber threats dominate digitalisation efforts or does Malaysia have what it takes to create a cybersafe ecosystem?
  4. Beyond the media headlines, what are the opportunities for businesses to grow in 2024?
  5. Is the evolving policy environment particularly with regard to human capital, carbon emissions and governance standards reporting moving too fast?

To guide us through this will be our guest of honour, Datuk Dr A.T. Kumararajah, a board member of the National Economic Action Council that reports to the Ministry of the Economy.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: 12 December 2023

Time: 11:30 am – 01:30 pm

Venue: Ruyi, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


11:45 am Arrival of Guests and Registration
12:00 pm Welcome Remark

– Nordin Abdullah, Founding Chairman, Malaysia Global Business Forum (MGBF)

*Note: This segment will be broadcasted live on MGBF LinkedIn.

12:05 pm Guest of Honour’s Prelude Statement

– Datuk Dr A.T. Kumararajah, Board Member of the National Economic Action Council

*Note: This segment will be broadcasted live on MGBF LinkedIn.

12:10 pm Fireside Chat: “Malaysia’s New Place in a Rapidly Changing World”


– Datuk Dr A.T. Kumararajah

– Nordin Abdullah

Moderator: Ruzanna Muhammad, Editor-at-Large, News Hub Asia

Note: This session will be held strictly under the Chatham House Rules and will only be accessible for participants attending in person.

12:30 pm Lunch and Networking
01:30 pm Event Ends

Participation Fee and Registration

The fee to attend is RM188 per participant. Pre-registration and full payment upfront are required to confirm your seats. Click on this link to register:

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