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Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation
Agency overview
FormedMarch 1993; 30 years ago (1993-03)
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
HeadquartersMenara MATRADE, Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Agency executives
Parent agency Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry Malaysia

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation ( Malay: Perbadanan Pembangunan Perdagangan Luar Malaysia; officially abbreviated as MATRADE) is a Malaysian external trade government agency. Its key role is to assist Malaysian exporters to develop and expand their export markets. The agency was established under the MATRADE Act 1992 in March 1993 as a statutory agency and external trade promotion arm under the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI). [1] [2]

MATRADE is also the owner and operator of the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) which was opened in January 2007. [3] Tan Sri Dr. Halim Mohammad served as the 7th Chairman of MATRADE from 2004 to 2010 and effective 1 January 2019. [4] Reezal Merican Naina Merican has served as the 9th Chairman of MATRADE since May 2023. [5]


MATRADE is under the administration of the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry of Malaysia and established in March 1993 under the MATRADE Act 1992 and responsible to promote and execute trade initiatives in Malaysia [2] and helping Malaysian companies and enterprises to achieve success in the international market. [6]

Vision and mission

  • Positioning Malaysia As A Globally Competitive Trading Nation
  • Promoting Malaysia's Enterprises To The World


  1. ^ "Nation building via trade excellence". The Star Online. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE): Corporate history". StudyMalaysia. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  3. ^ Sabry Tahir (6 February 2007). "Matrade centre to open soon". The Star Online. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Matrade appoints Halim Mohamed as Chairman". The Sun Daily. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Reezal Merican is new MATRADE chairman". The Star. 2 May 2023. Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Matrade: Corporate overview". Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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