Malaysia - Economic diplomacy – Visit by Matthias Fekl (April 13 to 14, 2015)


Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, visited Malaysia from April 13 to 14, 2015. In addition to meeting with his counterpart, he met with the minister of transport, the chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission, as well as the member of the prime minister’s cabinet responsible for the civilian nuclear sector and innovation.

This visit was aimed at promoting France’s presence in Malaysia, which is France’s second largest trading partner in Southeast Asia, and more specifically at supporting French products and services in the transport and energy sectors.

Matthias Fekl presented the new framework for promoting the attractiveness of France for foreign investment and spoke about strengthening links between our foreign trade stakeholders. He also outlined the strengths of France’s tourist attractions and services to sector professionals

In the area of air transport, Matthias Fekl talked about strengthening bilateral cooperation in the context of Airbus’s major investment in Malaysia and the strengthening of commercial ties between Air France and Malaysia Airlines for direct air services between Paris and Kuala Lumpur.

With respect to urban transport (heavy and light rail subway systems, streetcar lines) and rail transport (high-speed rail lines) he highlighted France’s products and services during a conference attended by our main companies operating in the sector, which were therefore able to present their solutions.

In the field of research and innovation, Matthias Fekl also presented the feasibility study in Malaysia for an oceanography research center, co-financed by a grant from the Treasury Department and conducted by Collecte Localisation Satellites, a subsidiary of CNES.

Lastly, Matthias Fekl met with the French community and visited the French lycée in Kuala Lumpur, which has almost 850 students.