“MITI optimistic of Malaysia’s exports surpassing 5% growth target”

“SHAH ALAM: The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is cautiously optimistic of Malaysia surpassing the export growth target of five per cent this year as indicated by the current figures.

Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Meng said MITI was still monitoring the situation for unanticipated events which might affect the target, particularly the US-China trade war.” – The Star Online (Business)

“Malaysia and Qatar to explore collaboration on 3rd national car”

“According to a statement by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Minister Datuk Darell Leiking took the opportunity in Davos to have a bilateral meeting with his Qatar counterpart.”

“This is to leverage on Qatar’s investments in Volkswagen and Audi. Qatar positively welcomed the idea and reiterated on the need to deliberate the details of the joint manufacturing project,” said MITI. – The Star Online (Business)

“An Indian entrepreneur aims to rid Japan of paper money, then repeat the trick in the US”

“Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma says his collaboration with SoftBank and Yahoo Japan is off to a better-than-expected start, according to a Business Standard report. The Japanese service, called PayPay, uses Paytm’s QR code payment technology and launched earlier this year. SoftBank Vision Fund is also an investor in Paytm, which is owned by Indian mobile-internet firm One97 Communications.” – By John Detrixhe (Quartz)