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RCEP: A unifying set of rules

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Business in Action @ FMM report. by Business... Read More

Bicara Politikonomi – Mengimbangi Keperluan Ekonomi dan Kesejahteraan Rakyat

Dr Juita Mohamad interviewed by Bicara Politikonomi on TV1 RTM on 4... Read More

Pemerkasa offers holistic 3-pronged support, says economist

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Nicholas Chung,... Read More

BFM Podcast: Fresh grads barely making minimum wage

Produced by: Adeline Choong, Azlyna Mohd Noor Presented by: Sharmilla Ganesan, Lee... Read More

BFM Podcast: Raise pay to raise productivity

Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Noelle Lim Fresh graduates are having... Read More

BFM PODCAST: Raise pay to raise productivity

Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Noelle Lim Fresh graduates are having... Read More

AWANI Tonight: Malaysia’s Ability to Attract Foreign Direct Investments

Dr Juita Mohamad was interviewed by Astro Awani in Awani Tonight Malaysia... Read More

Consider This: PEMERKASA - Government Response Evolving?

Dr Juita Mohamad was interviewed by Astro Awani in Consider This Last... Read More

Clarify how debt is calculated, govt told

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Robin Augustin, 22... Read More

Pemerkasa: Strong Enough to Kickstart the Economy?

Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Philip See, Wong Shou Ning Dr... Read More

Job creation and retention important to get economy on course

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Imran Ariff,... Read More

SDG projects are powerful as they empower communities to take control of their lives

LAST year, the Finance Ministry projected that gross domestic project growth would... Read More

Moody’s rating illustrates effectiveness of govt policies

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Imran Ariff,... Read More

Lift lockdowns, travel curbs to drive growth, govt told

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Robin Augustin,... Read More

V-shaped recovery highly unlikely for Malaysia

Juita Mohamad was quoted in The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) article. By ASILA JALIL, 16... Read More

Selangor making additional plans

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar Presented by: Khoo Hsu Chuang, Philip See, Wong... Read More

Joe Biden mampu ubah landskap perdagangan

Dr Juita Mohamad telah berkongsi pandangan berkait pemulihan perdagangan serantau meliputi Malaysia,... Read More

Budget funds for automation, digitalisation could attract startups, says analyst

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. By Nicholas Chung,... Read More

Consider This: RCEP - How To Maximise Benefits For Malaysia?

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, follows almost a decade of... Read More

A Big Win for Malaysia

Download as PDF Malaysia kick-started the APEC CEO Dialogue this morning marking... Read More

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): ​What this means for ASEAN and Malaysia

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement (FTA) was signed... Read More

Budget 2021: a Quick Look

The ​2021 Budget​, along with ​2021 Fiscal Outlook and Revenue Estimates was... Read More

Proper recognition will improve the lot of Pala'u community

TO DATE, we have seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in... Read More

Cost Cutting is Key but Not This Year

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Lyn Mak, Noelle Lim... Read More

Malaysian businesses to feel the pinch from Singapore recession

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. By Jason Thomas 16... Read More

Juita Mohamad (ISIS Malesia): la partita commerciale ASEAN-Cina-UE

Juita Mohamad was interviewed and featured in a Futuro Europa article  DI:GIOVANNI PUGLISI, 01... Read More

How will the Covid-19 outbreak affect Budget 2021?

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Business Today By Poovenraj Kanagaraj, 20 May 2020 “I... Read More

Looking beyond digital trade boon

WITH the Movement Control Order (MCO) being relaxed starting yesterday after 47... Read More

Clarity needed before discussions moving forward can take place

Juita Mohamad was quoted in Business Today Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin... Read More

Digital Trade: A Boon During the MCO and Beyond

By Dr Juita Mohamad and Farlina Said Throughout the COVID-19 MCO, digital... Read More

Nurturing ingenuity and innovation

Article written by Dr Juita Mohamad and Muhammad Zulhaziq Abdul Mulok was... Read More

Youth Unemployment in Malaysia & the Region

This article was first published in the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) Japan... Read More

What it will mean to have India in APEC

APEC, or the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, was established in 1989 as... Read More

India in APEC: Views from the Indo-Pacific

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The Unintended Impact of Protectionism

THE year 2018 had kicked off with the United States signalling a... Read More

Labour policy revamp under TPP

Article by Dr Juita Mohamad which appeared in New Straits Times, February... Read More

Upskilling Workforce Key to Our Progress

In the public discourse of propelling Malaysia up the ladder to become... Read More

Widening Income Gap Shows Aid Must be Targeted

CLEAR DENIFITION: With proper monitoring, policymakers can set up a lasting social... Read More

Addressing Wage Inequality and Trade Reforms

Article by Dr Juita Mohamad which appeared in New Straits Times, 27... Read More

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Dr Juita Mohamad

Dr Juita Mohamad is a Fellow in the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration (ETRI) Division of ISIS Malaysia. Previously, she has worked at the Asia Desk, OECD in Paris, at ISIS Malaysia, the Asian Development Bank Institute and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Waseda University, Japan. Her research focused on the impact of trade liberalisation on wage inequality between skilled and unskilled workers in Malaysia. She obtained her Master's Degree in Economics from Shiga University, Japan and her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from UKM. Her research interests include trade, regional integration, protectionism, wage inequality and the informal sector.

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RCEP: A unifying set of rules

11 May 2021
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Business in Action @ FMM report. by Business in Action @ FMM What the formation of the world’s biggest trade bloc means for Malaysia Towards the end of 2020 as the world reeled from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a piece of exciting news hit headlines as a landmark…

Bicara Politikonomi – Mengimbangi Keperluan Ekonomi dan Kesejahteraan Rakyat

04 May 2021
Dr Juita Mohamad interviewed by Bicara Politikonomi on TV1 RTM on 4 Apr 2021 Dr Juita Mohamad discusses the economic impact of the recently announced Movement Control Order and compares Malaysia’s COVID-19 response with its regional neighbours.  

Pemerkasa offers holistic 3-pronged support, says economist

27 April 2021
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Nicholas Chung, 27 April 2021 PETALING JAYA: The government’s RM20 billion Pemerkasa economic programme offers a holistic three-pronged support for the nation, says an economist. Juita Mohamad of the think tank Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Isis) said Pemerkasa was targeted to preserve the…

BFM Podcast: Fresh grads barely making minimum wage

15 April 2021
Produced by: Adeline Choong, Azlyna Mohd Noor Presented by: Sharmilla Ganesan, Lee Chwi Lynn A monthly wage of RM1,000 for fresh graduates has been the status quo for at least a decade according to surveys from the Ministry of Higher Education. Experts say that this is a systemic problem not caused solely by the pandemic.…

BFM Podcast: Raise pay to raise productivity

06 April 2021
Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Noelle Lim Fresh graduates are having a tough time landing jobs as a result of the pandemic-led downturn. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed offers a glimmer of hope, saying they can expect a higher starting salary by H2. Dr Juita Mohamad, Fellow at Institute of…

BFM PODCAST: Raise pay to raise productivity

06 April 2021
Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Noelle Lim Fresh graduates are having a tough time landing jobs as a result of the pandemic-led downturn. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed offers a glimmer of hope, saying they can expect a higher starting salary by H2. Dr Juita Mohamad, Fellow at Institute of…

AWANI Tonight: Malaysia’s Ability to Attract Foreign Direct Investments

25 March 2021
Dr Juita Mohamad was interviewed by Astro Awani in Awani Tonight Malaysia suffered the worst drop in foreign direct investments in 2020 in the region. Why is Malaysia falling behind in attracting investors? We speak to ISIS Malaysia's Dr Juita Mohamad.  

Consider This: PEMERKASA - Government Response Evolving?

25 March 2021
Dr Juita Mohamad was interviewed by Astro Awani in Consider This Last week the sixth Covid-19 economic response package was announced -- 20-billion-ringgit worth of initiatives - known as Strategic Programme to Empower People and the Economy (PEMERKASA). What is different about this package of relief and have previous ones hit the right mark in…

Clarify how debt is calculated, govt told

22 March 2021
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Robin Augustin, 22 March 2021 PETALING JAYA: An economist has urged Putrajaya to clarify how it calculates the country’s debt, and if necessary, look to increase the debt ceiling. Carmelo Ferlito from the Center for Market Education voiced concern over the country’s rising debt, which is…

Pemerkasa: Strong Enough to Kickstart the Economy?

18 March 2021
Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Philip See, Wong Shou Ning Dr Juita Mohamad from ISIS Malaysia helps us unpack the recent RM20 billion PEMERKASA stimulus package announced by the Prime Minister and shares her concerns and challenges of execution, funding and designing effective initiatives. BFM 89.9 - https://www.bfm.my/podcast/morning-run/morning-brief/pemerkasa-strong-enough-to-kickstart-the-economy 

Job creation and retention important to get economy on course

16 March 2021
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Imran Ariff, 16 March 2021 PETALING JAYA: Economists have said that job creation and upskilling make up an essential part of economic recovery which comes after a year in which unemployment has reached levels not seen in decades due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Unemployment rose…

SDG projects are powerful as they empower communities to take control of their lives

01 March 2021
LAST year, the Finance Ministry projected that gross domestic project growth would b ounce back to more than seven per cent, which was too optimistic. As a trading nation inter twined with the global value chains, our economic growth is very much linked to externalities. These externalities include global demand, trade tensions and trade wars…

Moody’s rating illustrates effectiveness of govt policies

23 February 2021
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Imran Ariff, 23 February 2021 PETALING JAYA: Economists have backed the effectiveness of the government’s economic policies after ratings agency Moody’s maintained the country’s local and foreign currency issue rating, but say they must also look towards longer term strategies. In late January, Moody’s reaffirmed…

Lift lockdowns, travel curbs to drive growth, govt told

17 February 2021
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. by Robin Augustin, 17 February 2021 PETALING JAYA: An economist has urged the government to lift all movement restrictions and avoid resorting to lockdowns, even partial ones, again. Ahamed Kameel Mydin Meera said lockdowns were the single-largest factor affecting the economy and gross domestic product (GDP)…

V-shaped recovery highly unlikely for Malaysia

16 February 2021
Juita Mohamad was quoted in The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) article. By ASILA JALIL, 16 February 2021 MALAYSIA’S economic outlook is expected to improve this year, but it may not see a V-shaped recovery even after the initiation of the Covid-19 vaccination programme which is slated to roll out by the end of this month. Institute of Strategic…

Selangor making additional plans

22 January 2021
Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar Presented by: Khoo Hsu Chuang, Philip See, Wong Shou Ning The Selangor state government has announced its own stimulus package, valued at nearly RM74 million to mitigate the impact of MCO 2.0 on Selangor residents. Dr Juita Mohamed, Fellow at ISIS Malaysia, gives her views on whether it addresses the problems…

Joe Biden mampu ubah landskap perdagangan

22 January 2021
Dr Juita Mohamad telah berkongsi pandangan berkait pemulihan perdagangan serantau meliputi Malaysia, ASEAN dan APEC selepas Presiden Joe Biden menerajui pentadbiran Amerika Syarikat. Tontoni temuramah bersama Astro Awani tersebut di pautan di bawah. Astro Awani - https://www.astroawani.com/video-malaysia/joe-biden-mampu-ubah-landskap-perdagangan-1886692

Budget funds for automation, digitalisation could attract startups, says analyst

23 November 2020
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. By Nicholas Chung, 23 November 2020 PETALING JAYA: The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and an economist have welcomed initiatives in the 2021 budget geared towards encouraging investments, with the latter saying allocations set aside for automation and digitalisation would attract startups. Juita Mohamad of the Institute…

Consider This: RCEP - How To Maximise Benefits For Malaysia?

19 November 2020
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, follows almost a decade of negotiations, and according to some observers, marks a major step forward for economic integration in the region. Members of the RCEP make up nearly a third of the world's population and account for 30% of global GDP - making RCEP the largest trading…

A Big Win for Malaysia

19 November 2020
Download as PDF Malaysia kick-started the APEC CEO Dialogue this morning marking the end of APEC meetings as a host before the finale; the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting tomorrow.  This year’s theme for the APEC CEO Dialogues, “APEC Re-imagined: Priorities in the Aftermath of COVID-19,” could not be more accurate. The pandemic has forced us…

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): ​What this means for ASEAN and Malaysia

17 November 2020
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement (FTA) was signed on 15 November 2020 at the 2020 ASEAN Summit. The RCEP trade agreement comprises 15 member countries: all 10 ASEAN member states (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), and 5 of ASEAN’s existing FTA partners (Australia, China,…

Budget 2021: a Quick Look

11 November 2020
The ​2021 Budget​, along with ​2021 Fiscal Outlook and Revenue Estimates was proposed by the Finance Minister on 6 November 2020. This article takes a quick look at the federal government’s fiscal position and growth projections, along with some initiatives in the Budget related to social assistance, TVET, digitalisation, and automation. Download as PDF By…

Proper recognition will improve the lot of Pala'u community

03 November 2020
TO DATE, we have seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in Sabah, reaching 466 cases in a single day on Oct 30. What is devastating is that the total cases have reached more than 11,000 since earlier this year, with the number of deaths also on the rise. Just like in the peninsula, the…

Cost Cutting is Key but Not This Year

13 August 2020
Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Lyn Mak, Noelle Lim Dr Juita Mohamad, Fellow of ISIS Malaysia discusses the Supplementary Supply Bill that was passed by Parliament to allocate an additional RM7 billion for expenses incurred last year. BFM 89.9 - https://www.bfm.my/podcast/morning-run/morning-brief/cost-cutting-is-key-but-not-this-year   

Malaysian businesses to feel the pinch from Singapore recession

16 July 2020
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Fee Malaysia Today article. By Jason Thomas 16 July 2020 PETALING JAYA: An economist has warned that Singapore’s slump into a recession will have wide-ranging consequences for Malaysia, the republic’s second largest trading partner after China. Juita Mohamad of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies said Singaporean households were poised…

Juita Mohamad (ISIS Malesia): la partita commerciale ASEAN-Cina-UE

01 June 2020
Juita Mohamad was interviewed and featured in a Futuro Europa article  DI:GIOVANNI PUGLISI, 01 June 2020 Nelle ultime settimane, mentre l’Europa al suo interno si divideva sulle risorse da destinare al  Recovery Fund, l’ASEAN “compieva il sorpasso” come partner commerciale principale di Pechino, proprio a scapito di Bruxelles. La Cina sta infatti gradualmente tornando ai livelli di…

How will the Covid-19 outbreak affect Budget 2021?

20 May 2020
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Business Today By Poovenraj Kanagaraj, 20 May 2020 “I imagine that more allocation will be given to the healthcare sector especially when the vaccine is not ready and we cannot risk another wave of infection in the new year,” Fellow in the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration (ETRI) Division of ISIS Malaysia,…

Looking beyond digital trade boon

05 May 2020
WITH the Movement Control Order (MCO) being relaxed starting yesterday after 47 days of strict movement control, looking back, we have seen how instrumental digital trade has been in connecting sellers to consumers in these unprecedented times. Goods and services are able to reach customers, albeit with delay at times, while payments for those services…

Clarity needed before discussions moving forward can take place

01 May 2020
Juita Mohamad was quoted in Business Today Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin had announced easing the MCO starting May 4. While he was aware his government’s move might cause a new wave of infections, the announcement was deemed as a solution to the ongoing economic impacts. The premier has pointed out that he is currently…

Digital Trade: A Boon During the MCO and Beyond

17 April 2020
By Dr Juita Mohamad and Farlina Said Throughout the COVID-19 MCO, digital trade has been a boon in not only connecting businesses to consumers, but also serving as a lifeline for MSMEs and informal workers. Given that digital trade is beneficial in maintaining employment and livelihood in crucial times of emergency, on top of its…

Nurturing ingenuity and innovation

08 February 2020
Article written by Dr Juita Mohamad and Muhammad Zulhaziq Abdul Mulok was first published in New Straits Times 8 February 2020 Nurturing ingenuity and innovation The 4th Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) is not a far away dream as it is here at our doorstep if we wish to welcome it. Let’s refer to Richard Baldwin, who…

Youth Unemployment in Malaysia & the Region

10 January 2020
This article was first published in the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) Japan SPOTLIGHT January/February 2020 Issue. Full Issue: https://www.jef.or.jp/jspotlight/latestissue/ Article Link: https://www.jef.or.jp/journal/pdf/229th_Special_Article.pdf   Context In recent decades, world governments have been increasingly recognizing that high levels of youth unemployment can have dire and wide-ranging impacts on global economic development. A large body of evidence suggests that being unemployed…
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate the BJP's potential win as votes are counted for the Lok Sabha election in Bangalore, India, 23 May 2019. The Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, elections, which began on 11 April 2019, is having the results tallied on 23 May. The Lok Sabha elections were held for 542 of the 543 lower house seats, and a party or alliance needs 272 seats to form a government. According to initial polling Narendra Modi could retain the position of Prime Minister along with the Bhartya Janta Party (BJP). EPA/JAGADEESH NV

What it will mean to have India in APEC

27 May 2019
APEC, or the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, was established in 1989 as a forum for regional economic cooperation for countries within the Asia Pacific region. To date, its 21-member countries are China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Australia, Chile, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Hong…

India in APEC: Views from the Indo-Pacific

06 May 2019

The Unintended Impact of Protectionism

19 February 2019
THE year 2018 had kicked off with the United States signalling a rise of tariffs on Chinese imports. Between 2012 and 2016, US partner share with China reached 21.42 per cent, making China its biggest exporter. It is due also to a very pronounced trade surplus between China and the US; the latter has targeted…
Labour policy revamp under TPP

Labour policy revamp under TPP

23 February 2016
Article by Dr Juita Mohamad which appeared in New Straits Times, February 23, 2016. Download
Upskilling Workforce Key to Our Progress

Upskilling Workforce Key to Our Progress

25 March 2015
In the public discourse of propelling Malaysia up the ladder to become a high-income country, two themes have taken centre stage in terms of the labour market: technology and human capital. Even though these themes have been discussed and debated in depth separately, especially for the creation of the 11th Malaysia Plan, the simple notion…
Widening Income Gap Shows Aid Must be Targeted

Widening Income Gap Shows Aid Must be Targeted

28 October 2014
CLEAR DENIFITION: With proper monitoring, policymakers can set up a lasting social security net IN his ground-breaking work, Schooling, Experience and Earnings, Jacob Mincer, also dubbed the father of modern labour economics, had highlighted two main factors that could determine wages: schooling and work experience. These factors are incorporated in his formula, the Mincer equation,…
Addressing Wage Inequality and Trade Reforms

Addressing Wage Inequality and Trade Reforms

28 May 2014
Article by Dr Juita Mohamad which appeared in New Straits Times, 27 May 2014. JM_NST_27May2014.pdf
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