In view of the extensive presence of aerospace companies in Georgia, Arham Abdul Rahman, the  director of the New York office of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, has notified Global Atlanta of a Nov. 28 aerospace roundtable in Arlington, Va.

Noharudin Nordin, CEO of the authority, is to be visiting Washington Nov. 27-28 with an aerospace delegation in the wake of President Obama’s visit to the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Cambodia.

Mr. Nordin is to host the roundtable that is to discuss U.S. trade and investment opportunities in Malaysia’s aerospace industry.

The discussion is to include design, manufacturing, assembly, research and development, system integration, maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as education and training services.

According to Mr. Rahman, the Malaysian government has targeted the aerospace industry to be one of its main engines for growth in the next decade.

The Malaysian government, he added, has established the Malaysian Aerospace Council that is chaired by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and the industry has seen 11 percent year-on-year growth to more than $8 billion annually.

Mr. Obama’s visit to the ASEAN summit has raised the profile of the 10-nation bloc that is experiencing healthier economic growth than regions of the world mired in recession.

Also on Nov. 28, three U.S. ambassadors to ASEAN member states will be at Emory University Law School for a more general roundtable discussion of trade and investment opportunities in Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma) and Singapore.

Participation in both the Arlington and Atlanta events are free of charge but advance registration is required. To attend the Arlington roundtable, call Mr. Rahman at (212) 687-2491 or send an email to

To attend the roundtable at Emory Law School, click here.