Swedish Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation, Mrs. Kristina Persson, visited Kuala Lumpur on 16-17 November. With a portfolio of strategic development and future issues including green transition and global cooperation, her task is to lead the Swedish governments long-term strategic planning and policy formulation process, reports the Embassy of Sweden in Malaysia. The themes of her visit to Kuala Lumpur were innovation, women in the labour force and renewable energy.
On 16 November she met with YB Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of governance, integrity and human rights. She also met with YB Datuk Azizah Mohd. Din, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, to discuss Malaysia’s work with the development of national policies and programs to increase the participation of women in the Malaysian labour force. She also met with Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor of Bank Negara (Malaysia’s Central Bank) to discuss Malaysia’s economic policies.
On the same day, the Swedish Ambassador hosted a lunch on the theme “Smart Cities: tackling Climate Change with Renewable Energy” for Minister Kristina Persson together with representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (Kettha), GreenTech Corporation, EDF Sustainable Cities Asian Centre of Excellence, Petaling Jaya City Council and Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA). The Ambassador also hosted a dinner for the Swedish business community in Malaysia.