Obama to attend GES in KL on Oct 11

Obama to attend GES in KL on Oct 11

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - President Barack Obama will visit Malaysia for the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) scheduled in Kuala Lumpur from Oct 11 to 12.

The US president is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during his historic visit here, the first by a US president in 47 years.

President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Malaysia in 1966.

According to a White House statement issued yesterday, Obama will deliver a keynote address at the GES which is the leading US Government-supported forum for promoting economic growth through entrepreneurship.

Obama launched the GES in Washington DC in 2010 to connect entrepreneurs, banks, venture capitalists, investors and others to catalyse partnerships, encourage growth and strengthen ties.

The president is also visiting Indo­nesia, Brunei and the Philippines as part of an ongoing mission to promote the US security engagement as well as economic and political ties in the Asia-Pacific region.

Obama will also attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders meeting in Bali before heading to Brunei to attend the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit.

On the margins of the Apec meeting, Obama will host a meeting of Leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partner­ship (TPP) countries, the statement added.

During the ASEAN and EAS meetings, Obama will discuss US co-operation in the Asia Pacific region in the areas of energy, maritime security and investment as well as development and trade promotion.

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