- Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 00:00
- Written by AYUNAN GRANDE GUNTING
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My recent trip to Kuala Lumpur entices with the right mix of adventure, business and luxury.
Since ancient times, adventurers and explorers have come to Malaysian shores, attracted by its diverse natural wealth and embraced by its gentle people.
Many travel writers have already explored Malaysia’s ecclectic range of attractions.
But very few have explored MEEC ( Malaysia Export Exhibition Centre) located in Jalan Khidmat Usaha, Off Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. It has a permanent display centre of 4,500sq meters exclusively designed to showcase and promote various Malaysian products.Azrul Ezwan Ahmad Zaini , Manager of MEEC toured us. I discover a wide of selection of products and services from over 500 Malaysian companies, covering 30 industries such as Green Technology, Electrical and Electronics, Chemical, Automotive, Rubber Plastic, Pharmaceutical and timber /wood.
It was newly refurbished and offers three different types of display for visitors to view which are Booth Area, Open Concept and Home Display Area
The Malaysian economy, which grew from its agricultural roots, is rediscovering possibilities in business solutions that promote green technology.
In the last several years, Malaysia has been strengthening its position in manufacturing, producing new food and biotechnology products that have enjoyed strong patronage in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia because of good consistent good quality.
Lately, the Embassy of Malaysia Trade Office (Matrade) has been aggressively promoting solutions in biotechnology, foods, industrial products, as well as in technology and design.
“Malaysia intends to provide business solutions to the Philippine market through innovation with green practises, relative to “the concept of going green and being environmentally friendly,” says MATRADE Commissioner Harman Ahmad.
Some of the biotechnology products and services offered by Malaysia are solutions for paper recycling, healing properties of virgin coconut oil, eco- friendly paints, as well as soaps and deodorizers made from palm kernel.
In terms of industrial services, Malaysia is offering green technology services such as solutions for recycling of rainwater and clinical waste, as well as solutions for creating clean energy.
It is also introducing innovative products such as intelligent patient beds and solutions for the protection of medical equipment.
On the technology side, Malaysian industries are offering electric motorcycles and groundwork services for digital hospitals
Most Filipino consumers, being price conscious, want to get the best value for their money. Ahmad says that in this respect, Malaysian firms are “very competitive” in terms of price and quality.
“On the production side Malaysia consistently promotes new technologies with practical applications to enhance production, increase quality standards and significantly save on operational costs thereby lowering the price for each product and delivering them at the most cost-effective approach,” he says.
Malaysia, which is diversifying its output to include services, sees the Philippines as an important component in terms of its growth strategy both as an export market and as an investment destination.
“The Philippines is a very active market and Malaysians are among those that maintain huge interests in carrying out investments in the country. Major interests are in agriculture, manufacturing, hotels and resorts go a long way together with the electrical and electronics industries, aviation industry, water and water treatment technologies, construction and engineering among others,” says Ahmad.
To date, Malaysia’s trade relations with the Philippines is largely governed by the implementation of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement which eliminates tariffs on a broad range of products or reduce them to five percent as of 2010.
Ahmad says this trade system is sufficient for trade relations between Malaysia and the Philippines.
“Our ties in the ASEAN bring us consistently close together across all industries when it comes to mutual trade cooperation and collaboration. This facilitates more efficient exchange of goods and services and encourages trade related programs and activities that brings about cutting-edge technologies, electronics and the like,” he says.