Howard to address Aussie-Malaysia business council

PETALING JAYA: Australian Prime Minister John Howard will address some 600 business delegates at the upcoming Eighth Joint Business Conference organised by the Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC) and its Australian counterpart, the Australia Malaysia Business Council (AMBC). 

MABC chairman Datuk Mohamed Zain Mohamed Yusuf said Howard's keynote address would complement the conference theme: Malaysia Australia: New Business Opportunities under Malaysia Australia Free Trade Agreement (Mafta) and the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).  

“Interest in the conference has been heightened by the Australian PM’s address which is expected to touch on the proposed Mafta, negotiations for which are believed to be proceeding smoothly and to be at an advanced stage,” he said in a statement. 

Zain said the conference objective was to enhance bilateral trade and investment, especially to encourage Australian investors to seize emerging opportunities arising from this year’s unveiling and implementation of the 9MP and the Third Industrial Master Plan. 

Several high-level speakers including, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Sri Mohd Effendi Norwawi, will address the conference. 

The conference, to be held in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 30, is open to members of the Malaysian and Australian business communities.

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