Country Analysis : Malaysia

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Country Analysis : Malaysia Executive Summary In this report the Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia will be analyzed with the intent of examining the feasibility of expanding foreign operations into the area. Malaysia boasts a highly developed macro environment as well as a stable economy and political regime. After the analysis conducted below it is recommended that the company proceed with expansion into Malaysia. It is evident that the nation is highly capable of handling foreign operations as evidenced by its close ties with the USA and neighboring ASEAN nations. The abundance of natural resources as well as the skilled work force already within the country will be highly beneficial in the process of expanding foreign operations. Country’s Macro Environment Description Malaysia, population 28,859,154, is a Southeast Asian nation that geographically occupies a peninsula bordering Thailand (Peninsular Malaysia) as well as the northern third of the island of Borneo (Malaysian Borneo). Other land borders are shared with Brunei and Indonesia and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines via the South China Sea. (CIA World Factbook) Malaysia spans the length of the Strait of Malacca, one of the most important shipping lanes in the world both economically and politically. (Buy USA) Malaysia is currently classified as an upper middle-income nation, with a GDP of approximately $453 billion for 2011 placing it 30th in global GDP rankings. Services and manufacturing account for 73% of GDP with the remaining 27 % divided mainly between agriculture and industry. (CIA World Factbook) The nation’s transportation infrastructure is one of the most highly developed in Asia (http://www.mida.gov), with major expansion and renovations taking place following independence from British rule in 1957. (Factbook) Malaysia boasts a network of over 94,500

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