I was very pleased to welcome Lord Marland, Chairman of CWEIC, to Malaysia just before Christmas to meet with key business representatives and senior Government leaders. The trip was proposed following my appointment as CWEIC Malaysia Director, clearly demonstrating the importance of Malaysia to the Commonwealth business community.
Specifically, Lord Marland took the opportunity to promote the upcoming Commonwealth Business Forum, due to be held in London in April, and encourage senior Malaysian business leaders to attend. Entrepreneurs such as Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew of Country Heights Sdn Bhd are keen to form strong links within the Commonwealth business community. Likewise Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing who founded and runs Malaysia’s most globalized education institution, the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology recognizes the immense value of the Commonwealth and is interested in exploring how the University and the CWEIC network might work together.
Both Lord Marland and I were pleased to meet with long-standing Strategic Partners of the CWEIC, Invest KL, who are very aware of the wealth of opportunity which exists in our networks. We heard more about their priorities for 2018 and discussed how we can support their activities through the CWEIC network.
A highlight of Lord Marland’s visit was his meetings with Malaysian Minister of Finance II, Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani and the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Both were delighted to meet with us and be briefed on CWEIC’s activities in advance of CHOGM 2018. They expressed support for the goals of the CWEIC in Malaysia and more widely, and spoke encouragingly about our plans for the Commonwealth Business Forum.
We were also pleased to be able to meet with the Secretary-General of the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) and his team, to discuss their strategic partnership with the CWEIC.
Overall it was a hugely worthwhile visit for both myself as Malaysia Director and Lord Marland, who is a great supporter of Malaysia. There is a great deal of follow-up to be done as the CWEIC is clear that Malaysia holds a key role in the region and will be integral to economic growth in south-east Asia.
Tony Collingridge, Director Malaysia, CWEIC