Apple's pushing hard to expand into a number of markets, and governments often ask for something in return -- investment in their countries. Recently, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made a trip to Silicon Valley to talk with tech company executives and he visited with Apple COO Jeff Williams and VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson at the Cupertino campus on February 18.
What's Malaysia looking for? Possibly an R&D center that would join the others in the Asia-Pacific region in Yokohama, Japan and Shanghai, China. Razak also suggested that Apple look into the possibility of opening an app development center like the one that opened in January in Naples, Italy. That iOS App Development Center is designed to give European developers the practical skills and technical training needed to help build the iOS app ecosystem. Apple noted that it is planning to open centers similar to the one in Naples in other countries.
While in Silicon Valley, Razak also visited Tesla, where he had a chance to test-drive the Tesla X and secure 100 Tesla Model S cars to promote electric vehicles in Malaysia.