PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai marked Malaysia Day by paying tribute to the nation’s achievements and progress across the economic, social, cultural, science and technology sectors.
It showed the country’s commitment to international collaborations, longstanding interest in global conversations, and to participate in dialogues on topics including climate change and sustainability, said the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.
The pavilion featured the concept of “Energising Sustainability”.
In a statement dated Jan 8, the ministry said that a delegation led by Deputy Minister Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim was welcomed by United Arab Emirates (UAE) state minister Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh.
In his speech, Ahmad said that Expo 2020 Dubai which followed the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, unlocked many new and exciting market opportunities for Malaysia to enhance trade, investment and cultural exchanges.
“Malaysia’s participation at the Expo 2020 Dubai is a momentous platform for the nation and we are proud to be part of this historic event, as together with the rest of the world, we curate the future in an inclusive and sustainable manner,” he said.
“I would also like to congratulate the UAE for successfully hosting the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region in spite of challenges posed by Covid-19.”
He said Malaysia lauded the leadership and commitment of the UAE in bringing the “world family” concept on a global platform which comprised inclusive multilateralism under a common purpose to inspire real-life solutions for humanity’s greatest challenges.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had previously announced that Malaysia had generated more than US$8.03bil (RM33.9bil) potential trade and investment returns in the first eight weeks of participation at the Expo 2020 Dubai.
Similarly, as of Week 12 of Expo 2020 Dubai, Malaysia made significant headway and garnered US$8.4bil (RM35.2bil) potential trade and investment returns.
This was achieved following the signing of 71 memoranda of understanding, memoranda of cooperation and Letters of Intent, as well as 793 business indicators with several international companies.
The 26 weekly business programmes by Malaysia throughout Expo 2020 Dubai were led by the ministry, and supported by 20 other ministries, 70 departments and agencies, five state governments and 300 companies.
The Malaysia Pavilion also welcomed over 500,000 visitations to date.
Malaysia’s participation at the expo has also strengthened the nation’s bilateral ties with the UAE as Malaysia’s largest trading partner and export destination among the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Malaysia’s self-built 1,234.05 sq metre pavilion is the first net zero carbon pavilion at the expo and features a rainforest canopy inspired by the majestic tropical rainforest of Malaysia which blended cultural elements with nature and functionality into a futuristic building.