Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak states Finland will become one of the role models for Malaysia’s New Economic Model, reports Bernama.
PM Najib said despite having a smaller population of five million as compared to Malaysia’s 28 million, Finland had a higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“This is primarily due to high productivity as well as Finland’s leadership in innovation and embracing of new technology. We hope to emulate your success through our New Economic Model,” he said at a dinner in Seri Perdana Wedensday night in conjunction with Finland’s Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen’s two-day working visit to Malaysia.
The Malaysian PM said he looked forward to increased trade and stronger relations between both countries, which would be supported by the transformation changes taking place in Malaysia.
“In addition we recognise that Finnish and Malaysian companies can benefit from the development of mutually beneficial joint ventures in third countries,” Najib added.
Finnish PM Vanhanen in his speech said he was pleased to have a chance to further strengthen bilateral relations with Malaysia.
He also complimented Malaysia for its fast development and remarkable success.
“We also appreciate the role that Malaysia has played in promoting democracy and human rights,” the Finnish Prime Minister said.
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