By Harizah Hanim Mohamed
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- The sombre mood encircling global trade in 2016, caused the maritime industry to sail through choppy waters, while forcing players to realign strategies to sustain business.
The lower global economic growth forecast of 2.4 per cent for the year, was also a downward revision from an earlier projection of 2.9 per cent. This has forced the players to continue to be wary of 2017 and its static outlook.
Elaborating on plans going forward, Johor Port Bhd, a unit of MMC Bhd, aims to further increase the number of direct calls to intra-Asia destinations and facilitate more activities in commodity trading.
By Harizah Hanim Mohamed
By S. Joan Santani
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- The year 2016 saw the commodity sector, except for crude palm oil and metals such as tin and good, reel under the pressure of lower prices, sluggish demand, volatile global uncertainty and weaknesses.
In the first half of 2016, crude palm oil (CPO), tin and gold prices recovered but rubber and that of crude oil remained in the doldrums.
Nonetheless, various supply-demand drivers lifted selected commodity prices into the third quarter of this year and this should lead to a price recovery in 2017.
By Salbiah Said SUNGKAI (Bernama) -- In 2009, Chief Economist of Google, Hal Varian has forecast that the Statistician will become the sexiest profession in the next decade.
Taking on the challenge of making statistics "sexy" and appealing to the people is Malaysia's very own Statistics Training Institute (ILSM) in Sungkai, Perak, steered by its Director Wan Mohd Shahrulnizam Wan Mohd Najuri.
Wan Mohd Shahrulnizam, who is also an economist, is all geared up with new approaches to make data simple, well-understood and meaningful for all and he believes that he can make it happen in Sungkai.
By Azizul Ahmad
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- National carmaker Proton Holdings Bhd, whose fortunes have been in stark contrast to that of rival Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua), is poised to make a respectable comeback next year, following a slew of new launches in 2016.
By Zarul Effendi Razali
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Despite global economic uncertainties, the construction industry showed remarkable performance in 2016, led by the infrastructure category which topped the list of projects registered with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
By Rosemarie Khoo
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- The goods and services tax (GST), which was introduced last year, has been a saviour of the country's economy as the fall in crude oil prices cast global uncertainties and threw most economies into turmoil.
By Mohd Khairi Idham Amran
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- The oil and gas industry endured another challenging year in 2016 as the global supply glut continued to haunt the market, pushing global crude oil prices to their lows.
Oleh Murni Nasri
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- Munirah Mohd Sdolehuddin benar-benar percaya yang setiap insan yang dilahirkan di dunia ini mempunyai tujuan tersendiri.
Kepercayaan beliau terhadap perkara itu begitu kuat sehingga beliau yakin yang jika setiap manusia mengenalpasti dan bertindak untuk mencapai matlamat itu, dunia akan menjadi tempat yang lebih baik.
Berdasarkan kepercayaan ini, ditambah dengan pendedahan yang diberikan oleh ibu beliau, wanita bertubuh kecil ini banyak menjuruskan keterlibatan beliau di dalam kerjaya yang memfokus kepada pembangunan manusia.