Malaysia to decide within next 2 days on participation in Apec – PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will decide within the next two days on its participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders’ Week 2023, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“I am coordinating with all countries. So far, most (of the countries) are attending. So I will check on this (matter) in one or two days,” he told reporters after officiating at the launch of the Malaysia Digital Expo (MDX) 2023 Grand Finale here today.
Apec is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. This year’s AELW will convene in San Francisco, California from Nov 11 to 17.
The 21 Apec member economies account for nearly 40 per cent of the global population, nearly 50 per cent of global trade, and more than 60 per cent of US goods exports. Apec’s 21 member economies are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taipei, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Anwar, who is also finance minister, reiterated that digital transformation is the key strategy to ensure Malaysia emerges as a successful nation. “Our digital economy stands as one of Malaysia’s key economic pillars, currently contributing a substantial 23.2 per cent to our nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“We project that this figure will soar to 25.5 per cent (of the GDP) by 2025,” he said.
Anwar added that in the third quarter of 2022 alone, the digital economy garnered US$15.7 billion (US$1=RM4.67) in investments, solidifying its status as one of the fastest-growing sectors.