PM: Australia, Germany Official Visits Generates Some RM70 Billion In Cross-Sectoral Potential Investments

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s recent official visits to Australia and Germany promises a marked increase  in potential export sale of Malaysian products, with high investment potentials.

The Australian visit successfully generated RM24.5 billion in potential investment, with the companies expressing their commitments to invest including AirTrunk, NextDC, LaTrobe Magnesium, Arnott’s Group, and Cochlear Ltd. The visit also generated RM962.1 million in potential export sales of Malaysian products to Australia for wood products, fertilisers, food and beverages, and electrical components.

Meanwhile, the recent official visit to Germany has generated RM45.4 billion in potential investments for the energy industry and various manufacturing industries, including semiconductors, aerospace, chemical products, medical devices, and the automotive sector, the Prmie Minister said.

“Among the German companies that have committed to investing in Malaysia are Siemens Energy, Infineon Technologies, Airbus, B-Braun, BMW, Nexperia, and Delo Chemical,” he said.

Anwar said this in reply to Datuk Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail’s [Kubang Pasu] question on the outcome of the visits during the Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQT) in the Dewan Rakyat today (Mar 26).

He added, with regards to export potentials, RM1.4 billion in additional purchase potentials were obtained from Airbus as a result of the German visit. This gives an encouraging boost to the export sales of Malaysian products and services to Germany, especially in the aerospace sector, for the next five years.

Ku Abd Rahman also asked about the level of Malaysian trade that still fluctuates this year amid declining global demand and the government’s actions to diversify overseas markets, including Latin American countries and the Middle East.

Anwar said there had been a sudden and convincing growth in Malaysia’s trade level in January and February compared to any previous month. “So, I am not worried even though there are impacts from global politics, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and Gaza. We have taken actions to ensure that not only traditional countries invest heavily, but there is also a significant increase from China, Germany, and the United States (US).

“I am confident this will guarantee the continuity of trade activities for our country.”

Malaysia currently controls seven per cent of the world’s semiconductor market after the US, Europe, and China, which makes the nation a sector hub, especially in the chip market. Malaysia controls 23 per cent of chip requirements in the US.

The Prime Minister added that Malaysia’s trade performance has shown an upward trend for the first two months of 2024, recording an 8.3 per cent growth to RM446.43 billion compared to the same period in 2023.

Exports grew 3.9 per cent to RM233.74 billion, contributed by the expansion in manufactured goods exports, which also posted a year-on-year increase of 3.4 per cent to RM196.75 billion.

This has been driven by increased exports of iron and steel goods, machinery and equipment, as well as petroleum products.

“This major achievement is due to the cooperation of various ministries. We acknowledge that Malaysia has gained recognition due to stable politics, Madani’s clear economic policy, and speedy approvals (for investment/business matters).

“Besides, we also see the determination of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar to invest. In the past, the interest was low, but now it is manifold,” he said.

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