Obama, Abe, Modi presence a ‘major coup’ for Malaysia

22 November 2015
New Straits Times Online

KUALA LUMPUR: International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the presence of the leaders from the United States, Japan and India at the Asean Business and Investment Summit was a ‘major coup’ for Malaysia.

He described these leaders – President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi – as not only leaders of powerful nations but also outstanding personalities in their own right.

“It’s a major coup from our point of view to bring them together to speak at one forum,” he told a media briefing.

“We got to see their vision for the future,” he said.

Obama spoke about the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a ‘game changer’ for the world, setting rules for future world trade and getting the 12 economies in the grouping to be closely integrated with each other.

Abe spoke about new initiatives to promote collaboration between Asean and Japan including capacity-building while Modi spoke about changes in the republic and as the fastest growing major economy in the world at 7.5 per cent, overtaking China’s 6.9 per cent growth for this year.

- New Straits Times Online