Statistics Department: Malaysia’s current account surplus narrows to RM 11.6 billion in third quarter 2021 | Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, November 12 – Malaysia’s current account (CAB) balance recorded a surplus of Ringgit 11.6 billion in the third quarter of 2021 (Q3 2021) compared to Ringgit 14.4 billion in the previous quarter (Q2 2021), according to Malaysia’s Statistics Department (DOSM).
Chief statistician Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the narrowing of the current account surplus in the third quarter of 2021 was due to a higher deficit in the income accounts.
“The primary income account recorded a higher deficit of Ringgit 11.3 billion compared to Ringgit 9.5 billion in the second quarter of 2021, mainly attributable to foreign companies in Malaysia which achieved a higher income of Ringgit 26.3 billion. of ringgit, an increase of 3.3% compared to the previous quarter, particularly in direct investments.
“These companies were mainly involved in the manufacturing and financial sectors where the revenues were mainly directed to Singapore, the Netherlands and the United States (United States),” he said in a statement, today. .
Meanwhile, Malaysian companies overseas earned RM18.0 billion lower than RM19.3 billion in the previous quarter, especially in other investments.
“Most of these companies were located in Indonesia, the United States and Singapore, mainly active in the financial and mining sectors.
“In addition, the secondary income account showed a higher deficit of 3.1 billion ringgit compared to 1.4 billion ringgit last quarter. This account recorded a lower revenue of 4.3 billion ringgit due to lower settlements received from abroad, while payments were 7.4 billion ringgit in this quarter, ”he said. he adds.
Mohd Uzir noted that Malaysia’s current account surplus was still largely supported by the rise in net merchandise exports to RM41.2 billion from RM40.7 billion in the previous quarter.
“Compared to the second quarter of 2021, exports of goods declined at a slower pace than imports, which ultimately contributed to an increase in net exports in the third quarter of 2021.
“Exports fell 3.1% qoq (qoq) to RM 236.6 billion, mainly in electrical and electronic products (E&E), chemicals and petroleum products; largely to China, Singapore and the United States, ”he said.
He said that imports of goods also fell 3.9 percent quarter on quarter to 195.4 billion ringgit from the previous quarter due to a downward trend in imports of intermediate goods, equipment. and consumer, mainly from China and Japan.
Mohd Uzir said that in the third quarter of 2021, trade in services improved slightly after recording a growing deficit in the last seven consecutive quarters since the end of the quarter of 2019.
Services recorded a deficit of RM 15.2 billion from RM 15.4 billion in the previous quarter of 2021, partially offset by transportation, other business services and construction components, although travel remains. in the negative trend by posting a higher deficit of 3.7 RM against a deficit of 3.6 billion ringgit in the second quarter of 2021 following the closure of borders for international tourist arrivals, he said.
In the third quarter of 2021, the increase in services exports was 1.9% qoq to 21.5 billion ringgit, faster than imports which increased slightly by 0.5% to 36.7 billion ringgit .
Transportation showed a lower deficit of Ringgit 8.0 billion compared to Ringgit 8.1 billion in the previous quarter, mainly due to the increase in exports of freight activities.
“A similar trend was observed in other business services with a smaller deficit of RM 1.1 billion, improved by 7.1 percent from the previous quarter, mainly in business and management consulting activities. .
“At the same time, construction posted a surplus of RM 19.6 million compared to a deficit of RM 245.1 million in the second quarter of 2021 due to lower payments for existing projects in this country following the implementation of the movement control order from May 2021 to contain COVID-19. “said Mohd Uzir.
The chief statistician also pointed out that the financial account recovered to record a net inflow of RM22.8 billion in the third quarter of 2021 compared to a net outflow of RM7.0 billion in the second quarter of 2021.
“This was mainly attributed to direct investment inflows and other investments of Ringgit 17.6 billion and Ringgit 8.8 billion, respectively.
Mohd Uzir said foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 4.6 billion ringgit to record a higher inflow of 12.8 billion ringgit for the third quarter of 2021, mainly in the form of stocks and investment fund shares.
“The manufacturing industry remains the main sector for foreign investment in Malaysia, followed by finance and wholesale and retail trade. The main sources of FDI were Singapore, the Netherlands and the United States.
“In the meantime, foreign direct investment (DIA) increased to net inflows of RM 4.7 billion from a net outflow of RM 4.0 billion in the second quarter of 2021 due to the reduction in capital and loans received from abroad, ”he said.
Mohd Uzir said the main sectors that contributed to the inflows were financial and mining with the top three DIA inflows from Mauritius, Switzerland and Austria.
On accumulated investment, he said at the end of the third quarter of 2021, the position of FDI improved by 39.3 billion ringgit to 769.6 billion ringgit, while the position of DIA was 543.9 billion ringgit.
Malaysia’s international investment position continued to record net assets of Ringgit 68.1 billion while Malaysia’s international reserves increased to Ringgit 482.5 billion from Ringgit 461.5 billion at the end. of the previous quarter, “he added. Bernama