Canada and Malaysia have a long history of close and friendly bilateral relations that encompass a full range of political, economic, trade, social, and cultural relations.
Import and Export
Malaysia export to Canada:
Malaysia import from Canada:
- Canada’s trade relationship with Malaysia includes commerce across several sectors.
- Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Canada has bright prospects.
- Both countries have investments (in each other’s country) and the challenge is to be able to take it to the next level.
- Malaysia is an important source of students to Canada
- A number of Canadian universities maintain exchange and study programs with Malaysia.
- Some 86,000 Canadians visited Malaysia in 2011, with approximately 12,000 Malaysians visiting Canada during the same year.
- Canada and Malaysia place a high priority on the security aspect of the relationship.
- Canada has trained nearly 1000 Malaysians to safely respond to terrorist attacks.
- Canada works with Malaysia as a dialogue partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its security forum, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
- Canada has a high commission in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia has a high commission in Ottawa.
- In Malaysia, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in Kuala Lumpur.
- Canadian companies in Malaysia employ thousands of Malaysians.
- Canada engages Malaysia on issues related to the promotion of good governance, human rights, and pluralism, both bilaterally and in multilateral organizations.
- Canada worked with Malaysia during Canada’s tenure on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR).
- green technology
- oil and gas
- Both countries face the challenge of protecting a distinct culture from the onslaught of foreign programmes.
- Production funds and licensing requirements are among the more successful Canadian regulatory mechanisms which could be adopted in Malaysia.
- Canada and Malaysia broadcasting systems share similar motivating forces such as the desire to protect a distinct culture from ‘Americanization’ in Canada and ‘Westernization’ in Malaysia.
- Canadian agricultural exports to Malaysia have experienced an upward growth trend.
- Imports from Malaysia have experienced significant increases since 2005, resulting in a slight trade deficit for Canada in 2009.
- Canada’s largest import from Malaysia and is responsible for much of the growth in overall agri-food imports.