PUTRAJAYA, May 15 – The Expo Milano 2015 would serve as a platform for Malaysia to gain more investments, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said the international expo was worthwhile participating in as it would attract investments from up to 20 million people expected to patronise the exhibition which would run for five months beginning May 1, 2015. “What we are hoping for is more investments than what we have invested,” he said at the soft launch of the Malaysian Pavilion for the Milano Expo 2015 here Thursday.

Themed, “Feeding The Planet, Energy For Life”, the expo which would be held in Milano, Italy, is aimed at addressing the universal and complex theme of food and nutrition. “This time, there will also be a very strong trade and investment focus, and we are hoping for a bigger visitor turnout,” he added. Muhyiddin said in Sept 2012, the Cabinet agreed for Malaysia to participate in the expo because it was in line with Malaysia’s focus on trade and investment promotion. He said Malaysia’s objective of participating in the exhibition was to promote Malaysia as an advanced and preferred investment destination.

It was also intended to showcase Malaysia’s diverse capabilities and counter negative publicity especially for palm oil and forest-based products. “It is also to highlight technological advancements and innovation; promote tourism and hospitality industry; and showcase Malaysia’s cultural heritage and traditions,” Muhyiddin added. The exhibition would also highlight the country’s transformation agenda of sustainability and inclusiveness by focusing on various efforts undertaken under the Economic Transformation Programmes National Key Economic Areas especially in the agriculture, oil palm and natural rubber sectors.