STOCKHOLM: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail is hoping that more Swedish companies will outsource their needs from Malaysia.
“Malaysia is an important outsourcing country that is blessed with rich natural resources and an intelligent, industrious and knowledgeable workforce,” the King said in his speech at a state banquet at the Royal Palace here last night.
His Majesty said that Sweden was currently Malaysia’s largest trading partner among the Scandinavian countries.
“We are happy to see many Swedish companies establishing their strong presence in Malaysia,” Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said.
The King arrived here yesterday for a three-day state visit to Sweden.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin also expressed his profound sympathy and condolence to the Swedish people and in particular to those who had lost their loved ones during the Dec 26 Tsunami.
“We also hope that with the establishment of an early warning system in our region, such a calamity could be avoided in the future,” the King said.
Meanwhile, King Carl XVI Gustaf in his welcoming speech said that Malaysia was already one of Sweden’s main trading partners in South-East Asia but much more could be done.
“I hope that our two countries will continue to share experiences in the future and also cooperate in new fields such as information technology, biotechnology, environment, healthcare, communication and road safety,” he said.
Also present at the state banquet were Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Abdul Rashid, Queen Silvia and Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim. – Bernama
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