8:30 am

start time

5:30 pm

end time


The Johor Business and Investment Forum is aimed at updating business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors on the latest developments in Johor and the Iskandar Region after the Covid pandemic. It will highlight business and investment opportunities in Iskandar and Johor in the new normal as Malaysia and the other ASEAN countries transition into the endemic phase. The gradual opening of interstate, regional and international travel provides an apt and timely opportunity to showcase and promote the attractiveness of Johor and the Iskandar region for business, investment, education and tourism. In this regard, this Forum is an apt and timely opportunity to bring together businessmen, entrepreneurs, investors, educationists and tourism promoters to discuss challenges and opportunities in Johor and Iskandar region. The Forum provides a timely opportunity for exchange of views, insights and experiences and enable Government officials to share information with investors. This Forum will be a meeting of minds to feel the tempo of development and the pulse of the dynamic Iskandar region and the State of Johor.

The Johor Business and Investment Forum is a high-level Forum organized by the KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, a leading non-profit and independent Think Tank, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI), the Iskandar Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the ASEAN Economic Club and with the support of the Johor State Government and the Iskandar Region Development Authority (IRDA) and the Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur (ECKL).

Here is the room reservation link at the forum venue, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/ksistrategicinstitute/



Opening Keynote Address - Maju Johor 2030- Powering Johor into the New Economy


8.30am - 9.15am

Arrival & Registration of Participants


Arrival of YAB Dato’ Onn Hafiz Ghazi, Menteri Besar Johor

9.15am - 9.35am

Welcome Speeches

9.35am - 10.00am

Opening Keynote Address

10.00am - 10.20am

Presentation of Johor Business Excellence Awards

10.20am - 10.45am

Morning refreshments / Business Networking

10:45 am – 12:00pm

Session One: Transforming Johor in the New Normal: What are the New Growth Drivers? What are the New Opportunities?

The Iskandar Development Region now known as Iskandar Malaysia is the leading southern development corridor in Malaysia – a region to invest, work, live and play. Its growth and development will be a substantial and major catalyst for the national and Johor economy stretching over 4,800 sq km. Over the years it has attracted significant investments. Up to end 2018 committed investments into Iskandar Malaysia reached RM285 billion. What are the challenges ahead? What are new developments? How will digitalization drive the growth of Johor? What is Johor’s digital economy thrusts? What are the new opportunities in Iskandar post pandemic?

12:00pm – 1:15pm

Session Two: Attracting New Investments and Promoting Entrepreneurship in Johor – Challenges and Opportunities

How can Johor continue to be an attractive investment destination in the new normal. What are the risks and issues of investing in Iskandar Malaysia in the new normal? What new incentives does investors want? How can Johor transform itself into a sustainable and smart region? What are the new industries targeted for Johor and Iskandar Malaysia? How can Johor attract manufacturing companies looking at diversifying from China and relocate to Johor as a destination for the China +1 strategy?

1:15pm – 2:15pm


2:15pm – 3:30pm

Session Three: Property Development and Tourism in Johor and Iskandar – Reviving the Critical Sectors

Property development has fuelled growth in Johor and Iskandar Malaysia. Tourism is also a key sector driving growth in the State’s economy. What are the new trends and opportunities in property and tourism development? How to overcome and reduce the property overhang? What are key challenges facing property and tourism development? How can Johor attract more tourists? How to promote medical tourism in Johor?

3:30pm – 4.30pm

Session Four: Education, Talents, Technology and Innovation – Key Factors for Johor’s Economic Transformation

Iskandar is a growing regional education hub with several leading international education institutions located in Iskandar’s EduCity. How to attract new international students? What are the issues and challenges? What are the prospects for international education in Iskandar? How can education, technology and innovation drive growth in Johor?

4:30pm – 5.30pm

Session Five: Maritime, Logistics and Supply Chain

Maritime connectivity and logistics are keys to successful global trade. Johor has several leading ports serving the region. These ports are major logistic hubs connecting ASEAN with China, India and globally. Pengerang will be a major petrochemical hub. What are the challenges and opportunities in maritime transport, logistics and supply chain? How can Johor’s pivotal and coastal location serve as a magnet for maritime investment? How can Johor ports improve its competitiveness and production?


DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

12, Jalan Ngee Heng, Bandar Johor Bahru,
80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
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