Trade Policy Review: Malaysia 2018

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“Trade Policy Reviews” analyse the trade policies and practices of each member of the WTO. The reviews consist of three parts: an independent report by the WTO Secretariat, a report by the government, and the concluding remarks by the Chair of the WTO’s Trade Policy Review Body. The opening section - “key trade facts” - provides a visual overview of the WTO member’s major exports/imports, main export destinations, origins for its imports and other key data. This edition looks into the trade practices of Malaysia.



Report by the WTO Secretariat

Malaysia is a middle-income country with a diverse economy. Trade is very important, with exports and imports of goods and services equivalent to about 130% of GDP. For the past four years, real GDP growth has averaged nearly 5% despite a number of external and domestic shocks, including global commodity price and financial market volatility, weak external demand, and domestic political controversy. Growth has been based on domestic demand and helped by the diversified production and export base, a flexible exchange rate, responsive macroeconomic policies, and strong financial markets.


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