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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (centre) speaks during the launch of the New Industrial Master Plan 2030 (NIMP 2030) at Menara Miti, on September 1, 2023. — Picture via FACEBOOK/ANWAR IBRAHIM

FMM: NIMP 2030 vital in Malaysia achieving economic targets

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — The New Industrial Master Plan (NIMP) 2030 is instrumental in supporting the Madani Economy framework and achieving the targets set for the next 10 years.

This includes being a leader of the Asian economy and ranking among the top 30 largest economies in the world and the top 12 in global competitiveness.

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) said the NIMP 2030 would provide the right ecosystem to support the economy in its transformation into a high-tech industrialised nation and towards achieving a developed nation and high-income status.

It said the mission-based approach of NIMP 2030, focusing on nurturing higher economic complexity and aggressively embracing technology, underscored by sustainability and inclusivity principles, is critical at this juncture to propel Malaysia to its next level of industrialisation and growth.

“The plan is geared towards moving our manufacturing sector up the value chain to more high-technology and high value-added and complex products, as well as developing our national technological capabilities, which would be instrumental in supporting the high-technology manufacturing economy.

“This, in turn, should provide greater job opportunities for Malaysians, including youth, and at the same time, elevate the workforce in terms of skills and knowledge to meet the requirements for a more highly skilled workforce to support the more complex and high technology products and services, innovation, and research and development activities,” it said in a statement.

The federation opined that the plan should translate into higher paying jobs for the people and, at the same time, open up more market access for local manufacturers, including those that place a high requirement for products and services that are environmental, social and governance (ESG)-compliant.

It said that having the holistic ecosystem in place would most certainly elevate Malaysia’s attractiveness to both foreign and domestic investors, especially in the high-technology and innovation-driven segments.

In addition, NIMP would address certain critical areas towards supporting the transformation of the economy to greater levels of industrialisation, including providing an enabling environment for industries to engage in horizontal diversification towards a new set of end-product segments.

“Similar to the collaborative efforts of the government and the private sector in developing the NIMP 2030, it is important that this collaborative effort continues and is further strengthened to ensure that the plan is well executed and targets achieved.

“Most importantly, the government must continue to commit to the highest level of efficiency and governance in ensuring the ease of doing business in the country,” it added.

Separately, MIDF Research anticipates the value-added ratio for Malaysia’s manufacturing sector to improve, underpinned by greater input localisation, adoption of capital-intensive approaches, exploring of high-end production for the technology sector and higher concentration on downstream activities of commodity-based products.

“Compared to the Third Industrial Master Plan (launched in 2006), the NIMP 2030 takes another transformative strategy, shifting from a sectoral-based approach to a mission-based approach.

“This approach outlines the targeted and focused action plans across the sectors, known as horizontal strategies, instead of focusing on the vertical action plans of individual sectors,” it said in a note.

Meanwhile, the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) said it looked forward to continuing its active collaboration and partnership with the Malaysian government and working in alignment with the NIMP’s four key missions.

“Amcham believes that engaging in regular consultations with stakeholders to address implementation challenges foster discussions among the United States companies, investors and government decision-makers to identify the best path towards sustainable and ESG-conscious investments collectively and to ensure the success of the master plan’s implementation.

“Prudent governance in monitoring and implementing reforms and outlined projects and maintaining effective communication with stakeholders through regular reviews of key milestones will also help in ensuring its implementation,” it said in a statement.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Friday launched the NIMP 2030, which is a comprehensive policy framework that includes missions, priorities and action plans for transforming the manufacturing sector in Malaysia.

— Bernama

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