Along with Malaysian Ambassador Dato’ Rohana Ramli, the country’s minister of international trade and industry, Mustapa Mohamed, directed three seminars on “Business Opportunities in Malaysia” in late September in Seoul and in similar meetings in Tokyo from Oct. 1-2.
The seminars were aimed at updating the South Korean business community on current economic developments in Malaysia, and highlighting new opportunities offered by Malaysia, particularly for investment and trade in the manufacturing and services sectors. Malaysia has maintained annual average GDP growth of around 5 percent over the past three years.
A platoon of 47 executives and trade experts accompanied the minister in Seoul, representing a slew of economic sectors that the Southeast Asian country is promoting here, such as green technology, high-tech businesses, biotechnology, advanced electronics and automobiles.
More than 350 local executives, scholars and trade experts participated in the seminars.
In his capacity as chairman of the seminar, Ahn Choong-yong, professor of economics at ChungAng University, delivered the opening message followed by a keynote address by the Malaysian trade minister.
IMF CEO as a Pastor
Listening to the IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, speaking to journalists at the concluding aspects of the meetings, one could not but liken her message to what a pastor would tell his congregation. A church is supposed to be a place of providing succour to all manner of people: the highly indebted; people with failed marriages; people who are lost to addictions and all manner of miscreants. The role of the pastor is to give them message of hope which if allowed to sink can ultimately sanctify those bad individuals and turn them into men and women of envy. The reality however is that the pastor can only dish out tips, how the message he preaches transforms is left to the individual members of the congregation. While some can stay on indefinitely without witnessing any change, others who put into practice what the pastor is teaching may become whole and functioning normally.