Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Encouraging signs in Malaysia

Last week I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to continue talks with Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, started at CBF in Trinidad. I had a very good meeting especially coming at a time when the economy is showing encouraging signs of growth estimated to be 5% for the coming year. The main theme of the discussion was on the Prime Ministers views on the return to global growth particularly through emerging markets like Malaysia. The Prime Minister told me that Malaysian Companies are becoming more and more active in other Asian Countries, particularly China, India and Indonesia.

The British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Boyd McCleary, confirmed the importance of the Malaysia to the developed world in the wake of the Financial Crisis, more and more British companies have a growing presence in Malaysia.

I met with a number of prominent Malaysian business leaders during the trip; they all expressed similar optimism and described growth plans for the coming year, from plantation projects in Indonesia, rural Malaysia and Nigeria to exporting the Malaysian experience in world class Infrastructure development to other markets, such as India. Malaysian companies are expecting real growth this year.

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