Malaysia’s appetite for an FTA with the UK among topics discussed at briefing

Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Malaysia’s Second Minister of International Trade and Industry, left, with Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House, right

Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Malaysia’s Second Minister of International Trade and Industry, left, with Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House, right, at the private briefing with corporate members

Malaysia’s appetite for an FTA with the UK among topics discussed at briefing

08/03/17

By Naomi Canton

Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Malaysia’s Second Minister of International Trade and Industry, briefed Asia House corporate members and took part in a roundtable discussion at Asia House on Wednesday.

Topics discussed at the briefing included Malaysia’s appetite for an FTA with the UK post-Brexit,  progress with an Malaysian-EU FTA and opportunities for growth in bilateral trade and investment between Malaysia and the UK.  The Malaysian economy, Malaysia’s key exports and trade with China, ASEAN integration, the progress of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the Belt and Road were also topics of the discussion.

Corporate members represented at the briefing included KPMG, Diageo, Standard Chartered, HSBC, DWF,  Mitsui & Co Europe and BAE Systems.

In an exclusive interview Ong Ka Chuan explains how Malaysia aims to unlock its economic potential in the light of China’s slowdown, the prospects of early elections, the economic situation in Malaysia and ASEAN more widely, and what the Malaysian government is doing to combat the volatility of the ringgit.

naomi.canton@asiahouse.co.uk

John Alty, Director General, Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade (DIT), will brief Asia House corporate members on Thursday, 9 March on the process of delivering an independent trade policy for the UK once it leaves the EU. For more information click here.

To find out about becoming a corporate member of Asia House email charlie.humphreys@asiahouse.co.uk.