Malaysia’s market potential drives continued US investments, says ambassador
United States Ambassador to Malaysia Edgard D. Kagan (right) is seen during an interview in the programme The Nation by Bernama TV during a visit to Wisma Bernama in Kuala Lumpur April 1, 2024. — Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 April 2024 — The United States (US) Ambassador to Malaysia Edgard D. Kagan has expressed confidence in the continued investments of American firms in Malaysia, attributing their interest in the country’s market potential and its integration into global trade networks.

He underscored the enduring economic partnership between the US and Malaysia and highlighted the significant investments and job opportunities generated by American companies in the region.

“We are very proud that US investments in Malaysia have created over 300,000 jobs,” he said on Bernama TV’s The Nation programme today.

He said Malaysia has benefitted extraordinarily from global trade and has prospered as a result of its engagement in international trade.

“One of the things that became very clear during the pandemic was that there were challenges in areas, for instance, like supply chains, which traditional trade didn’t really address,” he said.

Kagan also highlighted the importance of Malaysia’s participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and emphasised Malaysia’a role in shaping international trade norms and standards.

IPEF encompasses 14 countries in the Indo-Pacific region, representing about 40 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

It was set up under US President Joe Biden’s administration to address long-term economic issues, enabling partners to nimbly respond and keep pace with new global challenges and opportunities.

The 14 countries are Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the US and Vietnam.

He said these countries are extraordinarily important and are not limited to those that are part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) comprising Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

“We are going to grow,” Kagan said, referring to the IPEF.

“I think that having a seat at the table, helping shape the outcomes, reflects Malaysia’s long-standing engagement on trade,” Kagan said.

He also pointed out that Malaysia’s long-standing engagement in helping set the norms that govern international trade sends a signal to investors that Malaysia wants to be part of setting the highest possible standards.

“You can see the impact of that by the initiatives, the additional flows of investment from American companies into Malaysia since the IPEF was announced,” he said.

Kagan also highlighted the strong US-Malaysia economic ties, citing over RM150 billion worth of foreign direct investments (FDIs) since 2021. The US is the top investor in Malaysia.

Tune into Astro Channel 502 / Unifi TV 631 / MYTV@121, or via FB Live Merdeka360 and FB & Youtube LIVE Streaming: Bernama TV to watch the interview. — Bernama

Source: Malay Mail 

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