Malaysia set to offer more opportunities at 45th World Economic Forum


DAVOS (Switzerland), Jan 20  “More Opportunities”. That is what Malaysia is set to offer at the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF), which starts tomorrow until Jan 24.

Whether it is business opportunities or ease of doing business in Malaysia, there are plenty to offer on the table amid concerns by economists around the world of a very challenging first half, this year.

All preparations to hold the 45th annual forum at the world’s famous ski resort of Davos-Klosters in Switzerland are in place despite the shivering cold weather.

With this year’s forum themed, “The New Global Context”, more than 40 head of states and government, together with 2,500 business leaders, will convene for five days here to discuss current global economic landscapes and strategies, moving forward.

Eye-catching banners reading “Malaysia Doing Business. Building Friendships” and “More Opportunities”, placed at strategic locations around the Panorama Hotel, can be spotted from afar together with banners of other delegations, welcoming participants to the WEF who have started to swarm the “little town” of Davos for several days now.

Among world leaders who are expected to attend the forum include Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and South African President Jacob Zuma.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will lead the Malaysian delegation accompanied by the Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wahid Omar.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, is expected to arrive here on Wednesday (Jan 21).

The annual WEF, which also serves as a platform in promoting public-private cooperation, will, this year, look at ten specific global challenges that is affecting the economy across the globe and ways to overcome the adverse impact and risks to the local economy, as a whole. (BERNAMA)