Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the thriving, beautiful and vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur for the inaugural Bangladesh Global Summit.
Innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit are the foundation for the success of Malaysia. We are confident these essential elements will encourage investors, entrepreneurs, and businesses of all scales to establish and increase their presence in Malaysia. Confidence in Malaysia’s economy continues to be high as it remains resilient and continues to grow. Despite the challenging condition of global economic and financial landscape, Malaysia’s economic performance is on course to grow between 4.0 to 4.5% in 2016. In 2017, the economy is expected to grow up to 5.0%. The growth will be supported by the continued expansion of domestic demand which was primarily driven by the private sector. Playing to our strength, Budget 2017 gives strong focus on the role of SMEs’ as an essential engine of growth for the people, economy and the country.
As Malaysia is a country poised to continue growing, there are many business and investment opportunities that can be pursued in our country. Beyond our shores, potentially lucrative prospects and collaboration between our business communities are also worth exploring in third countries. We believe the Bangladesh Global Summit will offer an excellent opportunity for participants and others who are involved to share experiences and knowledge in a path to broaden contacts with Malaysians, gain insights on prospects in Malaysia, and experience the best Malaysia has to offer.
We wish to thank AEBA for selecting Kuala Lumpur as the venue for the inaugural Bangladesh Global Summit. This has provided an opportunity for Malaysia to showcase the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) market segment offered by Kuala Lumpur. In addition to the official program, we hope participants will take the time to get to know Malaysia better. There are plenty of memorable memories in the making to be had with the exciting tourism and culture offerings that make Malaysia a top-of-the-mind destination in the world.
DATO’ IBRAHIM ABDULLAH
Ambassador, The Embassy of Malaysia in Paris, France