From The Prime Minister’s Official Facebook’s post :
This morning I received a courtesy call from the French Ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Frédéric Laplanche, who will end his service at the end of this month.
At the meeting, we discussed various aspects of bilateral relations between Malaysia and France including the COVID-19 pandemic. France has so far recorded over 300,000 cases.
We share experiences and insights to improve and enhance efforts to control the spread of this viral infection.
According to His Excellency Frédéric Laplanche, France is currently in the process of producing the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, there are three companies in France involved in the effort.
On that occasion, I conveyed Malaysia’s intention to work with France in the production of the vaccine. We also discussed the issue of palm oil. I understand the French Parliament on 19 December 2018 has approved amendments to the 2019 Budget leading to the termination of palm oil tax incentives starting this year.
During the discussion, the French Ambassador informed that the total import of palm oil from Malaysia to the European Union (EU) in 2019 recorded an increase of 9 percent compared to 2018.
Alhamdulillah, I welcome this development and hope that France can re-evaluate this palm oil issue appropriately in the future. In addition, France is committed to increasing investment in Malaysia and expresses a desire to be equally involved in the High Speed Rail (HSR) project.
As of 2019, France is the sixth largest investor country in Malaysia among the European Union (EU) countries with a total investment of RM9.69 billion, which provides employment to 18,094 Malaysians.
Before concluding the meeting, I expressed Malaysia’s commitment to continue to establish good relations with France, and even ready to strengthen relations in the future including Malaysia’s willingness to explore new cooperation opportunities.
I would like to thank His Excellency Frédéric Laplanche for his services and contributions throughout his service as the French Ambassador to Malaysia.