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Malaysia Development Experience Series


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The Malaysia Development Experience Series captures key lessons from Malaysia relevant for emerging economies in Asia, Africa and elsewhere that are transitioning out of poverty and into shared prosperity.

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Who is Keeping Score? Estimating the Number of Foreign Workers in Malaysia

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With foreign labor as a key contributor to growth, a better understanding of their numbers can facilitate a more rigorous analysis of their impact on the economy and formulation of evidence-based policies to manage foreign workers and harness the benefits of foreign labor.

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Public-Private Dialogue in Business Regulation Reform : A Case Study on PEMUDAH

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This study explores the key tenets of successful public-private dialogues and its importance in the overall development of an economy.

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Malaysia's experience with the SME Masterplan: Lessons Learned

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SMEs account for 98.5% of total firms in Malaysia, and the bulk of the country’s production and employment.

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Agricultural Transformation and Inclusive Growth: The Malaysian Experience

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The Malaysian story involves a farsighted leadership that has mobilized the considerable assets of a resource-rich country to translate a long-term vision of nation building into action and transformational results.

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Regulatory Governance for Development and Growth: Malaysia's Experience with Good Regulatory Practices

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Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) are a systematic application of tools, institutions, and procedures that governments can mobilize to ensure that regulatory outcomes are effective, transparent, inclusive, and sustained.

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Breaking Barriers: Toward Better Economic Opportunities for Women in Malaysia

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The promotion of economic opportunities for women is one of the most promising avenues for Malaysia’s future development. 

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Monitoring Occupational Shortages-Lessons from Malaysia’s Critical Occupations List

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Malaysia’s ‘Critical Occupations List’ is an innovative tool for preparing workers for the jobs of the future.

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Case Study on the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia

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The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) of Malaysia transitioned from a relatively small public retirement fund for both private sector and non-pensionable public sector employees in 1949 to become now one of the largest pension funds among developing countries.

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Budgeting for Performance in Malaysia

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In Malaysia, the government has undertaken a more outcome-based approach to the annual budget process, which represents an evolutionary step towards performance-based budgeting.

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Greenback 2.0 Johor Bahru Report: Migrant Workers' Remittances from Malaysia

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“Project Greenback 2.0 –Johor Bahru” is the product of a partnership between the World Bank and Bank Negara Malaysia, aimed at supporting the development of an efficient and transparent remittances market. 

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Improving Education Sector Performance in Malaysia: Lessons from a Delivery Unit Approach

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Malaysia’s efforts to tackle education challenges, particularly through the establishment of a ‘delivery unit’ that tracks results, can help other countries seeking to improve implementation in the sector.

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Enhancing Public Sector Performance: Malaysia’s Experience With Transforming Land Administration

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Malaysia’s success in reforming land policies and land administration can help other developing countries striving to better manage their resources, says a new World Bank report.

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Open Data Readiness Assessment: Malaysia

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Malaysia is ready to formulate an action plan to enable broad public access to government data and strengthen data use in development planning, says a new World Bank report.

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Financial Inclusion in Malaysia: Distilling Lessons for Other Countries

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Malaysia has achieved one of the highest levels of financial inclusion among Southeast Asia countries, due in part to policies taking advantage of mobile phones and banking agents to expand access, according to a recent World Bank report.

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Driving Performance from the Center: Malaysia’s Experience with PEMANDU

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Malaysia’s experience in driving public sector performance through a delivery unit serves as a useful case study for governments around the world, according to a new World Bank report.



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Reports: Development Digest
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The Development Digest is a half-yearly publication that features key works from teams based at the World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia.