Sunday, November 22, 2009

Britain Looks Forward To Partner With Malaysia In Islamic Finance

The British government is looking forward to partner with Malaysia in Islamic finance due to the country's success in the sector.
British Minister of Trade, Investments and Small Business, Lord Mervyn Davies, said as the world's top financial centre, London was keen to join hands with Kuala Lumpur as the two governments could generate more ideas and schemes together, reports Bernama (Nov 3, 2009).
"Hong Kong and Shangai Bank Corporation (HSBC), a globally famous bank, has moved its Islamic finance headquarters from the Middle East to Kuala Lumpur. This shows the confidence that the economy has in the Malaysian market," Davis said.
He said this at a press meet after his one-day official visit to Malaysia Tuesday. Also present was the British High Commissioner Boyd McCleary.
Davis said Malaysia has been included as one of the top 15 high growth markets as not only big companies are interested in Malaysia but also the United Kingdom's small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
"As the trade minister, I always encourage all our 4.8 million SMEs to invest and move further in countries with emerging markets like Malaysia," he said.
Davis also said that the halal industry in Malaysia has a great future in the UK as there is a demand for the industry there.
"All these efforts will be supported by liberalisation of the service sectors carried out by the government recently, which will encourage other foreign investors, especially financial companies, to extend their services in Malaysia," he said.
"This liberalisation will be also exciting as it will indirectly increase more foreign direct investments."
Total exports of goods and services from the UK to Malaysia was 1.64 billion pounds last year while total exports from Malaysia to the UK was 2.04 billion pounds.
Davis said the UK has good representation in all the emerging sectors in Malaysia, including education, Islamic finance, petroleum and retail.
He advised all sectors contributing to the economy to heed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's suggestion to invest in parts of the economy which have huge potential to recover from the current economic downturn.
"This plan is very similar to what we have been doing in the UK for the past two years," he said. - Bernama

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