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ASEAN has potential to be world’s 4th largest market by 2050, say businessmen
October 13, 2015 , by admin2

Executive Director Roy Michael said that with over 600 million people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of 2.4 trillion ringgit ($600 billion) in 2013, ASEAN is the seventh largest market.

“Should the trend continues, it has the potential to become the fourth largest market globally by 2050,” he added.

He told Bernama ASEAN recorded over $1.2 trillion in total merchandise exports, making it one of the most open economic regions in the world.

“Significant progress had been made in integrating the economies of the 10-member states under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint which is expected to be a reality by year-end,” he said.

Michael was speaking after hosting the ASEAN-US Trade Winds Forum at the Malaysian embassy here on Wednesday. It was attended by American policy and industry leaders.

The half-day forum is a quarterly event hosted on rotation among ASEAN embassies here to increase understanding between American and ASEAN small and medium...

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Success of SMEs crucial for regional integration — Deputy Minister
October 13, 2015 , by admin2

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18: The success of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is crucial for ASEAN to be truly integrated, says Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Lee Chee Leong.

Lee said resilient SMEs should start to have a global mind-set.

“They should explore opportunities from liberalisation under the ASEAN Economic Community and expand their trade and investments,” he said at the launch of I-Score credit risk management tool.

The I-Score is co-developed by Rating Agency Malaysia Credit Info Sdn Bhd (RAMCI) with global information services company, Experian plc.

The tool, designed for financial institutions, business corporations and consumers, provides a comprehensive credit report ranking consumers, business partners and potential investors for credit risk.

Lee said SMEs could now use the tool to assess the strategies for their businesses if they intended to expand them.

“This will help address the challenges faced by SMEs to obtain...

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Mustapa: Asean on track for progressive trade liberalisation
October 13, 2015 , by admin2

Asean countries are on track for progressive liberalisation of trade within the region, covering 128 sub-sectors via the Asean Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS).

The liberalisation will boost the services sector’s contribution to the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) from the current 40% to 50%, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said AFAS will be a platform for services providers to take advantage of the market openings as well as to benefit from new ideas and processes arising out of the opening of the services sector.

Efforts has been put into concluding the AFAS 10th package by year-end to provide wider and better opportunities for members in tapping the benefits of the services sector,” he said in his opening address at the inaugural Asean Service Provider Confederation (ASPC) meeting yesterday.

His speech was read by Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) CEO Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud. Last year, Asean...

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MITI, SCE To Jointly Conduct Talent Development Programme
October 13, 2015 , by admin2

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 (Bernama) — The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has teamed up with Singapore Corp Enterprise (SCE) to conduct a talent development programme for officers from MITI and its agencies.

Deputy Minister, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, said the eight-month programme, from September 2015 to April 2016, was the first of its kind for Malaysian civil service and would involve 122 officers.

“The platform, called the Economic Policy Leaders programme, would enhance the professionalism and charisma of the officers,” he said after the signing of the memorandum of understanding between MITI Deputy Secretary-General, Datuk Jayasiri Jayasena, and SCE Chief Executive Officer, Kong Wy Mun, here today.

Also present was Temasek Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Benedict Cheong.

Ahmad said the programme would be held in Malaysia and will be followed by a learning visit to Iskandar, Johor and Singapore.

The cost of approximately RM750,927 would be equally funded...

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MIDA Opens Third Office In China
October 13, 2015 , by admin2

BEIJING, Sept 9 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) on Tuesday opened its third office in China to further woo investments.

Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, Mustapa Mohamed, said the office, after Shanghai and Guangzhou, was to serve and facilitate Chinese investors amid their strong interests to invest in Malaysia.

He said the office would enhance MIDA’s efforts to attract Chinese companies to invest in Malaysia as well as act as a resources centre for interested companies looking for business and investment opportunities in Malaysia.

“China is a very important country for Malaysia and we hope the new office would further attract their investments,” he told reporters after officiating MIDA’s office here Tuesday.

Mustapa said the Chinese companies had strong presence in Malaysia’s construction industry as well as in property, manufacturing, services and ports.

He said Malaysia had seen an increase in investments...

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AEC To Spur Investments From ASEAN Into Malaysia
October 13, 2015 , by admin2

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 (Bernama) — Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Malaysia from its ASEAN peers is expected to gain momentum with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) becoming a reality from Dec 31 this year.

Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the sustained removal of barriers among the 10-member grouping, had led to an expansion in intra-ASEAN trade and investments, from US$1.22 billion in 2000 to US$24.4 billion in 2014.

“This accounts for 17.9 per cent of the total US$136.2 billion FDI inflows into the region last year,” he told reporters at the AEC Open Day here Monday.

Mustapa said similarly, intra-ASEAN trade accounted for 24 per cent of the total ASEAN trade or US$608 billion.

Meanwhile, ASEAN’s per capita income now stands at US$4,130 with intra-ASEAN trade expected to grow to 30 per cent by 2020.

He also said being the ASEAN Chairman this year, Malaysia wants to prepare local small and medium enterprises...

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Malaysia Perhebat Terokai Turki Susulan Permeteraian MTFTA
October 13, 2015 , by admin2

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Ogos (Bernama) — Malaysia akan memperhebat penerokaan pasaran Turki susulan pelaksanaan Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas Malaysia-Turki (MTFTA) yang dimeterai pada Sabtu, kata Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Beliau berkata Malaysia akan mempromosikan pelaburan dan perkhidmatan di Turki, selain perdagangan.

“Ia pengubah permainan dan satu cara yang wajar dilakukan, terutamanya apabila mengambil kira Malaysia mempunyai pelaburan bernilai US$2 bilion (US$1 =RM3.85) di Turki.

“(Pelaburan) Kita agak besar di Turki menerusi Khazanah Nasional Bhd dan Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB),” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menerima kunjungan hormat Menteri Luar Turki, Mevlut Cavusoglu di pejabatnya, di sini hari ini.

Khazanah Nasional memegang 75 peratus kepentingan dalam rangkaian hospital terbesar Turki manakala MAHB mengambil alih operasi Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Sabiha Gokcen Istanbul dan LGM Havalimani Isletmeleri...

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MALAYSIA's EFFORT ON STANDARDS
July 6, 2015 , by admin2
MITI takes proactive action to shelter consumers and industries interests Malaysian consumers and industries can expect better quality and safety products with the implementation of mandatory standards. The implementation of mandatory standards will ensure that only products of acceptable quality are imported or produced locally. The mandatory standards will ensure that products meet safety, health, and environment requirements which are aligned to international standards. Mandatory standards requirement provides a competitive edge to Malaysian exporters in the global arena, while protecting the interests of consumers in the local market. As of 31 March 2009, a total of 5,588 Malaysian Standards have been developed, out of which 3,101 standards are aligned with international standards and 173 standards have been made mandatory. The sectors in mandatory standards are 3 for iron and steel, 57 for electrical equipment and accessories, 38 for food and food products including...
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Figures on Textile and Apparel Industry
July 6, 2015 , by admin2
The petrochemical and chemical industry is the second largest contributor to our total exports. For the period of January to May 2009, exports of petroleum products amounted to RM997.4 million, while imports reached RM381.6 million. For the chemicals and chemical product sub-sector, imports and exports totaled RM12.7 billion and RM12.3 billion respectively. During the first five months of 2009, total investments in petroleum products (including petrochemicals) totalled RM1.1 billion, while that for chemical and chemical products amounted to RM1.5 billion. The pharmaceutical industry, which is mostly dominated by SMEs, saw an increasing demand trend in the domestic market. The pharmaceutical industry productivity in 2008 grew by 11.6 per cent, while sales value expanded by 11 per cent to RM1.4 billion in 2008. This increase is due to demand from the domestic market, arising from better health awareness and ageing population. Manufacturers must continue to expand and upgrade their...
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HIGHWAY DEVELOPMENT - A NEW PRIORITY SECTOR FOR FDI IN INDIA
July 6, 2015 , by admin2
Malaysian companies are encouraged to explore opportunities offered by India for investment and collaboration in the development of highways. India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Kamal Nath, announced during a visit to Singapore in mid-July 2009 that infrastructure, particularly development of roads, will be the key defining sector for attracting foreign investments in India in the coming decade; much like ICT was the focus sector in the 90’s and the present decade. India’s priority is on building world-class infrastructure through public-private partnerships (PPPs). India’s ‘Action Plan for Development of the National Highways Network’ expects that 45,974km of highways with an estimated investment of US$45 billion will be built during the period 2001-2012. To date, only 5,152km or 11.2% of the envisaged 45,974km of highways has been completed. In view of the slow progress, Minister Nath has set a target of 20km a day of highway construction as compared to...
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