For this year alone until September he said, the economic corridor has managed to attract a total of RM15 billion in cumulative investment.
“We have been very aggressive in our promotional efforts to attract more investors to Iskandar Malaysia. I am very happy to note catalytic projects such as Legoland Malaysia has also helped to reinforce the value proposition of the Iskandar Malaysia on the global platform,” he said in a statement today.
“We are confident that we will soon breach the RM100 billion mark,” he said in an update on the total cumulative investment Iskandar Malaysia has received since the 2,217 sq km economic corridor, bordering Singapore, was launched six years ago.
According to him, 63 per cent (RM62.7 billion) of the total cumulative committed investment received was derived from domestic sources while 37 per cent (RM37.09 billion) was from foreign entities.
In 2008, the ratio was 45 per cent domestic and 55 per cent foreign, he said.
“We see this shift as something positive and encouraging because while foreign investments continue to flow in, the domestic players are also ensuring they are not left behind,” he said.
Of the RM99.79 billion total cumulative investment recorded by Iskandar Malaysia, investments in manufacturing constituted RM33.36 billion, properties RM32.94 billion, government RM7.31 billion, utilities RM9.52 billion, tourism RM2.03 billion and others RM14.63 billion.
IRDA said it continued to reach out to various stakeholders through various events such as the JB Transformation Open Day, Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Summit, Iskandar Learning Festival and Joint Transformation Forum.
Next month, Iskandar Malaysia will be playing host to the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) and IRDA and its partners were looking forward to meet some 1,500 delegates who would be participating in the event.