London -- Dato Seri Rafidah Aziz, Minister of International Trade and Industry for Malaysia, has been named Personality of the Year 2006 - Asia by fDi (Foreign Direct Investment) magazine, part of the Financial Times group of London.

The annual Personality of the Year awards recognise the political and business leaders around the world who have been the most proactive, dynamic and innovative in securing foreign investment and improving the business environments of their jurisdictions. Regional winners are selected for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America; out of these candidates a global winner is chosen.


In being named a Personality of the Year for 2006, Mrs Rafidah joins the ranks of such previous honorees as Mexican President Vicente Fox and Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. Last year's winner for Asia, as well as global winner, was Mayor of Seoul Lee Myung-bak.

"We have been very impressed with the enthusiastic and proactive approach the minister has taken throughout her time in office to boosting Malaysian exports, attracting international investment and promoting Malaysia on the world stage," explained fDi editor Courtney Fingar.

The 2006 regional winners include: Patrick Ramiaramanana, Mayor of Antananarivo, Madagascar (Africa); Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales, United Kingdom (Europe); Leo Starkman, Minister of Investment, Honduras (Latin America); Mohamed Alabbar, Emaar, United Arab Emirates (Middle East); and Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario (North America and Global Winner).

About fDi:

Published bimonthly, fDi magazine is the premier publication for the business of globalisation. With a circulation of nearly 15,000 people, mainly senior-level executives at multinational corporations, fDi reports on the issues and developments that corporate executives must consider when making international investment decisions.

For more information:

Courtney Fingar

Editor, fDi

Tel: +44 20 7382 8019