24 June 2015


PRESS STATEMENT: Oxford Business Group signs first-time agreement with the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

Malaysia, 22 June 2015: Malaysia’s role as ASEAN Chair, at a time when full regional integration is just months away, will be explored in a forthcoming report on the country’s economy by the global publishing firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).

The Report: Malaysia 2016 will provide detailed analysis of what the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of 2015 signals for both the regional and global economy. The publication will chart ASEAN’s drive to ensure people and their needs remain the top priority in the nations’ efforts to promote regional cooperation and solidarity.

Other issues set for coverage include ASEAN’s push to boost the part played by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in regional economic development and its efforts to promote more public-private sector partnerships (PPPs).

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Oxford Business Group and IDEAS signing MoU

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IDEAS Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan and OBG’s Regional Manager Lauren Denny

In other analysis, The Report: Malaysia 2016 will explore the achievements of the 10th Malaysia Plan, as well as the launch and goals of the new 11th Malaysia Plan which will lead the country to Developed Nation status by 2020.The publication will also shine the spotlight on the Malaysian states of Sabah and Penang, where there is evidence of significant economic potential; as well as the opportunities for foreign direct investment (FDI) emerging across many of the sectors of the country’s economy.

The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on research with OBG for its forthcoming report on the country’s economy. Under the first-time MOU, OBG will work with the leading think-tank, which promotes market-based solutions to public policy challenges, to compile and produce The Report: Malaysia 2016.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Founding Chief Executive of IDEAS said he is excited to contribute to The Report especially this year as IDEAS has just started their project on ASEAN.

“This is an exciting time for Malaysia and for the region. The birth of the ASEAN Community and the ongoing negotiations around the TPP hold huge potential for growth in this region and if done correctly Malaysia will certainly benefit from them. The government too has introduced some important structural changes in our economy which shows their commitment to improve the investment climate.  My team has been looking into these issues and we are very keen help OBG capture these important developments in The Report.”

OBG’s Regional Manager for Asia Lauren Denny said she was delighted that the Group’s team in Malaysia would benefit from IDEAS’ local knowledge in what marks its ten-year anniversary of analysing the country’s economy.

“Oxford Business Group has long recognised the importance of working closely with local partners who bring on-the-ground insight and expertise to the table,” she said. “The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs and Oxford Business Ground share plenty of common ground when it comes to areas of research, especially in the fields of economics and education. I am thrilled that our team will benefit from the institute’s contribution to our forthcoming report, which we’re sure will be a valuable tool for investors.”

The Report: Malaysia 2016 will be a vital guide to the many facets of the country, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectoral developments. The publication will be available in print or online.

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About The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) is Malaysia’s first think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges. We are an independent not-for-profit organisation. As a cross-partisan think tank, we work across the political spectrum. Our purpose is to advance market-based principles, and we are not bound by party politics, race or religion. Our mission is to improve the level of understanding and acceptance of public policies based on the principles of rule of law, limited government, free markets and free individuals. For more information, please visit

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Media enquiries:

IDEAS (+60-3) 6201 8896/ 8897

  • Wan Saiful Wan Jan,

About Oxford Business Group

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Through its range of print and online products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms.

The critically acclaimed economic and business reports have become the leading source of business intelligence on developing countries in the regions they cover. OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis on the issues that matter for tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms currently operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.

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