Tuesday, January 19

PM: Malaysia on track to achieve growth target

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is on track to achieve its projected growth for this year as well as its other goal to attain high-income nation status by 2020, thanks to the stability of its institutions and diversification of its economic structure.

The country must not only maintain the momentum but also build on it, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his keynote address at Invest Malaysia 2015’s institutional investor conference here yesterday.

He said the government expected Malaysia’s economy to grow between 4.5 per cent and 5.5 per cent this year on the back of strong economic fundamentals.

It is also on track to achieve its goal of becoming a high-income nation by 2020, with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicting the country to enjoy annual growth of 5.6 per cent over the next four years.

“Thanks to the stability of our institutions and the diversification of our economic structure, Malaysia has remained on track. However, we must not only maintain our momentum but build on it. This is why the reforms we have enacted under the Economic Transformation Programme are vital,” he said. — Bernama