KUALA LUMPUR, 19 September 2019 – YB Datuk Darell Leiking, Minister of International Trade and Industry leads the Malaysian delegation at the 16th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning and Malaysia Week 2019 in Shanghai, China from 19 to 22 September 2019.
Malaysia’s participation at the CAEXPO 2019 is significant as 2019 marks the 16th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership. The theme of the 16th CAEXPO is “Building Belt & Road Routes, Realizing Our Vision for Community of Shared Future.”
For the past 15 years since its inception, CAEXPO has been a key platform to promote and facilitate the access of Malaysian small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) into China and ASEAN market.
The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is spearheading the participation of 167 Malaysian companies that represent various sectors including Food and Beverages, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle and Services.
In 2018, Malaysia’s total trade with China was RM313.81 billion with growth recorded at 8.1 per cent as compared to RM290.40 billion recorded in 2017. Total exports from Malaysia to China were valued at RM138.88 billion while total imports was recorded at RM174.93 billion. China remained as Malaysia’s largest trading partner for 10 consecutive years since 2009.
In Shanghai, YB Minister MITI is scheduled to attend the Closing Ceremony of the ‘Malaysia Week 2019’ programme on 22 September 2019.
The ‘Malaysia Week 2019’, which will be held from 16 to 22 September 2019, is an online campaign organized by Alibaba Group in collaboration with the Government of Malaysia, with the key objective of promoting and driving exports of Malaysian products and brands in China’s market, via the Alibaba ecosystem.
Malaysia’s preparation for this year’s campaign is coordinated through the Malaysia Week Implementation Task Force, which was jointly led by MITI and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), supported by key Ministries and agencies.