Malaysia and UK commemorate 65 years of bilateral relations in 2022 though the linkages between the two countries went back over 300 years ago. As both countries aim to build back better in the new normal, it is also time for the business communities of both countries to build stronger collaboration and partnerships, particularly as Malaysia can be a regional hub for British companies in ASEAN and the RCEP region covering ASEAN, China, Japan, Korea, Australia
and New Zealand. Geographically, Malaysia is in the centre of the RCEP region.
This year is also significant as the UK marks and celebrates Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The bilateral partnership covers a wide spectrum – the economy, business, investments, education, defence, tourism and people to people ties. As both countries transition into the endemic phase of the global Pandemic with a focus on economic recovery, new opportunities arise for business collaboration and partnership in new areas like digital technology, innovation, green economy and sustainability including smart cities, smart housing and small schools. In the digital economy area new opportunities are in e-commerce, digital trust, cyber security, fintech, ed tech and health tech.
This apt and timely Forum to mark 65 years of bilateral relations will discuss these new opportunities for bilateral collaboration and partnership.