DHL Express has signed an MOU with the MIDA in an effort to strengthen the country’s position as an ideal destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). The partnership aims to further consolidate the contribution of the supply chain industry toward national economic growth.
The agreement builds on a longstanding partnership, leveraging DHL Express’ global network and local expertise to attract multinational companies to enter and expand in Malaysia. Both parties are set to intensify joint efforts to drive overseas inflows of capital, infrastructure, and knowledge to develop key priority sectors. These include electrical and electronics, pharmaceutical, digital economy, aerospace, and chemicals.
In 2022, Malaysia recorded approved investments totalling RM264.6 billion (USD59.9 billion), from 4,454 projects, and creating 140,370 job opportunities. The services sector represented the largest chunk of total approved investments with RM154 billion (USD34.8 billion), followed by RM84.3 billion (USD19.1 billion) in the manufacturing sector. Notably, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was the major contributor to the total approved investments at 61.7% or RM163.3 billion (USD36.9 billion), while Domestic Direct Investment (DDI) contributed 38.3% or RM101.3 billion (USD23 billion); proving that Malaysia continues to inspire confidence and remains a preferred destination for global investors seeking stable, long-term opportunities.
Indeed, Malaysia is well ahead of its peers in terms of the depth of its globalisation. According to the latest DHL Global Connectedness Index 2022—a study on the flow of trade, people, capital, and information worldwide—Malaysia ranks second (2nd) in Trade Connectivity in Southeast Asia, and 14th out of 171 economies globally. Malaysia is also among the top ten with the largest connectedness improvements over the data period of 2001 to 2021.
DHL Express Malaysia operates a robust aviation and ground network encompassing six gateways, 21 service centers, 185 retail points of sale, more than 300 vehicles, over 60 weekly flights, four dedicated aircrafts, and more than 1,500 employees to ensure comprehensive service coverage.