How World Bank is helping Malaysia build a digital economy

In his first interview since taking up the role, the lender's new Malaysia country manager discusses scrapped infrastructure plans, regulatory reform and the impact of the trade war.
Malaysia has had a tumultuous summer and the Southeast Asian nation shows no signs of catching its breath.

Following a general election that saw the first change of governing party in the nation's history, the new administration of Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir has torn up a host of Chinese-backed investment plans, most recently dismissing the $13.5 billion East Coast Rail Link and the $1 billion Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline projects.

That's the landscape into which Firas Raad, the World Bank's new country manager for Malaysia, east Asia and the Pacific. Raad, a Jordanian national, arrived on August 15, after a five-year stint as country manager of Kuwait....

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