LONDON: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi arrived here for the first leg of the Malaysian Global Roadshow aimed at selling Malaysia as an attractive investment destination to portfolio investors.
This will be the first such roadshow led by Abdullah since he became Prime Minister in October 2003.
On hand to receive the Prime Minister at Heathrow International Airport yesterday was Malaysian High Commissioner to Britain Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohammed and senior embassy officials.
Abdullah's programme starts today at the Merrill Lynch Financial Centre where he will deliver a keynote address to some 40 foreign fund managers at an investment forum co-hosted by ECM Libra Sdn Bhd and Merrill Lynch UK.
Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, is expected to convince the fund managers of Malaysias economic diversity, security and political stability as well as efforts to enhance competitiveness and investments in human development.
He will hold a question-and-answer session with the fund managers who will be keen to know firsthand the countrys economic thrusts and his brand of leadership.
The conference will also see eight captains of industry making presentations on various sectors of the economy including telecommunications, properties, plantations, banking and finance, Islamic banking, entrepreneurship, and oil and gas.
There will also be discussions on reforms to the government-linked companies, an initiative inspired by the Prime Minister for the companies to enhance performance and asset value and in the process bring more value to the equity market.
Among captains of industry to make presentations at the Merrill Lynch Financial Centre here are Khazanah Nasional managing director Datuk Azman Mokhtar, CIMB group chief executive Datuk Nazir Razak and Sime Darby group chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Zubir Murshid.
Others are Genting Resorts World chairman, president and chief executive Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, YTL Corp deputy chairman and group managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes, Petronas vice-president for finance George Ratilal and Astro deputy chairman and group chief executive Ralph Marshall, who will represent Maxis and Tanjong.
These eight leading corporate figures represent companies that span a wide range of industries that dominate the countrys business landscape.
It is hoped the companies represented at the conference would provide the fund managers a balanced picture of Malaysia and the various investment opportunities available to them as equity investors in Malaysia.
Abdullah will leave for New York in the afternoon for another roadshow and also to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Bernama