THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2007
50 Years of Malaysia–U.S. Relations: Looking to the Future
Ilango Karuppannan, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Malaysia, Washington, D.C.
Ilango Karuppanan will acknowledge the U.S. as one of the first few countries that recognized
Malaysia upon its attaining its independence from Great Britain in 1957. Malaysia and the U.S.
share common attributes and values. Trade and investment relations between the two countries
have grown steadily, with Malaysia being the 10th largest trading partner of the U.S.
Malaysia is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and has a vibrant market economy, making it the
world's 18th largest trading nation. No longer a mere producer of natural resources, Malaysia has
transformed itself into a manufacturing goods nation.
More recently, Malaysia has ventured into
several high-technology areas. These include biotechnology and nanotechnology. The continued
transformation of the Malaysian economy provides ample opportunities for trade and investment
relations between both countries.
Mr. Karuppanan will discuss similar concerns about security shared by Malaysia and the U.S. As a moderate
Moslem country, Malaysia is an active partner in the global fight against terrorism. Malaysia hosts the
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT) and was a founding member. He will
also inform the audience about other ways that Malaysia and the U.S. cooperate, including the ASEAN
Regional Forum (ARF).
He will also speak to the evolving challenges facing Malaysia and the U.S., including regional integration,
as well as opportunities that he observes in his position at the Malaysian embassy in Washington, D.C.
ACWA welcomes all individuals interested in extending their
contacts with major nations as well as meeting others with
global interests. This event is open to the public by registration. Choose to attend the
full event or the program only. A "Dialogue with the Diplomat"
session follows the formal presentation.
We invite you to join us for this ACWA Speaker Series presentation by Haiyan Li on Thursday,
November 8, at:
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn | map
3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)
6:00 p.m. Registration, Reception, &Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Program, followed by Question & Answer and Discussion Period
Those who want to attend the formal program only may come
at 7:15 p.m. with advance registration, as below.
Registrations are due no later than Friday, November 2, 2007.
Download the registration form and return with a check payable to:
ACWA - P.O.Box 5300 - Akron, OH 44334
- ACWA Members: Dinner/Program $35 – Program Only - $12
- Non-Members: Dinner/Program $45 — Program Only - $15
Learn how to join ACWA
For more information, please call Jane Walker Snider, Executive Director, 330-867-6412.