Najib also updated the media on his meeting with Canadian Finance Minister James Flaherty, who hoped that economic relations between both countries would strengthen.

Najib, who conveyed Malaysia's appreciation to the Canadian government for the approval of Petronas' US$5.21 billion(S$6.4 billion) takeover of shale-gas producer Progress Energy Resources Corp, said the investment would further increase the state-owned oil company's gas reserves.

He said World Trade Organisation director-general Pascal Lamy had conveyed his appreciation to the country over its active and positive involvement in supporting rules-based trade as well as in helping to kickstart the moribund Doha Round of global trade talks.

Najib said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had suggested that Malaysia do a study on how the Netherlands, an important agricultural producer, uses technology to help the agricultural sector.

"I shared with him that Malaysia was interested in having Rabobank involved in the agricultural sector," he said.

Utrecht-based Rabobank is involved in food and agriculture-based financing.

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