Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Malaysia Gets Kudos From World Bank

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has received strong ratings from the World Bank in its Corporate Governance Report on Observance of Standards and Codes 2012 (ROSC).

The country has also been recognised as a regional leader in corporate governance and has made substantial progress in improving the legal and regulatory framework in relation to corporate governance.

According to the report released yesterday, Malaysia’s overall scores are higher than the average scores of countries within the Asian region.

The report also acknowledges that Malaysia has a large capital market, strong institutions, sophisticated participants and high quality accounting practices.

“It is important to have in place a strong corporate governance eco-system in order to sustain active investor interest and growth in the capital market.

“We are highly encouraged by the strong endorsement by the World Bank on the collective efforts by the regulators and the industry in strengthening corporate governance in Malaysia,” Securities Commission chairman Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh said in a statement.

The Corporate Governance ROSC, which is an independent assessment carried out by the World Bank, examines the country’s corporate governance framework benchmarked against the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Principles for Corporate Governance.

This is the third time that Malaysia has participated in the assessment, the first was in 2001, and subsequently in 2006.

This follows a similar assessment on accounting and auditing ROSC concluded by the World Bank last year, in which it recognised amongst others, the progress Malaysia has achieved in improving the quality and consistency of corporate financial reporting.

Additionally, the World Bank in its “Doing Business Report” 2013 ranked Malaysia fourth for investor protection. In the Corporate Governance Watch Report 2012, a biennial report by the Asian Corporate Governance Association in collaboration with the CLSA Asia Pacific Markets, Malaysia had also moved two notches from the sixth position it held in 2010, to the fourth position.

--TheStar

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