Malaysia and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • ASEAN Food Trade Forum: Food Security and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

    The forum harnesses both sides of the region’s food markets to work together to avoid extreme price volatility, or to mitigate any adverse effects of temporary food shortages. The forum will be held in Kedah, Malaysia on  on 24 - 25 November 2015.

  • Malaysia: Asian Development Outlook 2015 Update

    As a major producer and exporter of crude oil, natural gas, and palm oil, Malaysia's economy was bound to be buffeted by the plunge in demand and prices for hydrocarbons and other commodities. Net external demand dragged down Gross Domestic Product growth in the first half of 2015.

  • Campaigning for Women’s Rights in the Muslim World

    Malaysia's Zainah Anwar, founding member of Sisters in Islam and Director of non-governmental organization Musawah, explains the importance of cultural debate in the promotion of equality and justice for women in the Muslim world.

  • ADB President Highlights Malaysia’s Progress, ASEAN’s Potential

    At the margins of the 19th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ADB President Takehiko Nakao met with the country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak and Finance Minister II, Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, to discuss ways ADB can further support the country’s efforts to reach high-income status by 2020. 

Since attaining independence about 5 decades ago, Malaysia has developed into a middle-income country with a record of strong economic performance and poverty reduction. The outlook for Malaysia’s economy has remained bullish in recent years, following the growth patterns that have allowed for many Millennium Development Goals to be achieved ahead of the 2015 target.

However, as an open economy reliant on international trade, Malaysia remains vulnerable to external economic shocks.

An interim country partnership strategy outlines the resumption of ADB operations in Malaysia, and supports the implementation of the Tenth Malaysia Plan, 2011-2015.

Fact Sheet


Projects in Malaysia

30.26(2014) Population in millions

1.6%(2009-2014) Average annual population growth rate

1.7%(2012) Population living below the national poverty line

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