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Malaysia has unveiled the ‘Golden Pass’ scheme, a strategic initiative aimed at positioning the country as a prime destination for unicorn start-ups and venture capitalists (VCs). Spearheaded by Malaysian Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli, the scheme is part of a broader effort to stimulate the growth of high-skilled, high-value job opportunities in Southeast Asia’s business hub.

In addition to the ‘Golden Pass,’ Malaysia has rolled out complementary initiatives such as the Innovation Pass and Innovation Belt, intended to foster a diverse pool of top-tier professionals. The GPU Scheme, tailored for AI-centric start-ups, underscores Malaysia’s commitment to nurturing innovation and technological advancement.

To streamline processes, Malaysia has implemented a centralized Single Window system, simplifying access to information and application procedures across various government schemes, thus minimizing bureaucratic hurdles for entrepreneurs and investors.

Under the ‘Golden Pass’ scheme, unicorn start-ups, valued at over $1 billion, stand to benefit from a range of incentives. These include fee exemptions for senior management executives, rental subsidies, and tax concessions, reflecting Malaysia’s dedication to creating an environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Similarly, venture capitalists are offered exemptions from visa requirements and fees, along with attractive subsidies, aimed at encouraging their participation in Malaysia’s dynamic market landscape.

The unveiling of the ‘Golden Pass’ underscores Malaysia’s commitment to becoming a magnet for cutting-edge innovation and investment, driving sustainable economic growth and positioning the nation prominently on the global business stage.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

23rd April, 2024

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