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Malaysia economic monitor: brain drain (English)

This fourth issue of the Malaysia economic monitor is themed Brain Drain. The report reviews recent economic developments, updates the World Bank's view on the economic outlook, and analyzes-in the report's thematic section-how Malaysia can manage brain drain. The report is accompanied by an outreach effort to a wide audience of policymakers, private sector leaders, market participants, civil society, think tanks, journalists and the public at large. The Malaysian economy staged a strong recovery over the course of 2010, but the momentum of growth had progressively weakened over the year. The strong rebound was driven mainly by the domestic private sector, with some support from commodity exports towards year-end. Electronics underperformed, however, raising concerns about underlying competitiveness. Private consumption remained firm, despite flat sequential growth, amid favorable labor and credit market conditions. In line with domestic demand, growth in the services sector was sustained. Industrial production picked up on better performance in domestic-oriented industries, with capacity utilization at normal levels again. Malaysia's positive growth performance was accompanied by a build-up in inflationary pressure and a surge in foreign capital inflows. The intensification of competition in the region provides a call for action. The recent increase as well as geographically concentrated nature of poverty in Malaysia adds further to this urgency.


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    Malaysia economic monitor: brain drain

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Malaysia economic monitor: brain drain (English). Malaysia economic monitor Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.