Selangor, 8 Mar - “Successful industrial parks can be centres of growth and innovation, support local development and contribute to the advancement of the national economy. Thus, development of industrial parks is an important issue that needs to be addressed accordingly as we step up our game to ensure Malaysia remains among the top destination for investments in the region,” said YB Dato Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) at the Industrial Park Forum for Central Region held today at the Dorsett Grand Hotel, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
“The country needs to develop industrial parks that are ready to receive quality investments and meet the complex needs of investors. Failure to meeting this requirements can lead to loss of business opportunities for the industrial parks’ developers and on a larger context, may risk Malaysia of being sidelined when it comes to attracting quality investments. All park developers and managers need to seize the wave of industries that are coming into Malaysia by providing the next generation industrial parks. In realising this aspiration, I would like to urge the local authorities, technical agencies and utility providers to also come on board as these entities are important in building comprehensive industrial parks for investors,” added the Second MITI Minister.
The Forum, a collaboration between the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), was attended by more than 200 participants representing the entire spectrum of relevant stakeholders - from local authorities, park developers & managers, utility companies, manufacturers and potential investors. Also present were YBhg. Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of MIDA and YBhg. Dato' Soh Thian Lai, President of FMM.
In his welcoming remarks, Dato’ Azman said, “Looking at the business trends today, MIDA believes that in order to attract more quality investments, we have to move faster by re-engineering our industrial parks to meet the demands of new emerging markets and industries. Presence of well-developed industrial parks can be a magnet to attract high value added investments, thereby creating high income jobs for the people. Being the first point of contact for investors, MIDA will take the lead as the authority to oversee the performance and regulate the industrial parks; as well as to assist potential investors in identifying suitable locations to place their facilities.”
The Industrial Park Forum for Central Region marks the first of its series and more will be organised throughout 2018 in the northern and southern regions as well as East Malaysia. By the end of the roadshow, MIDA and FMM will publish a Directory of Industrial Parks in Malaysia.
The Forum featured a panel discussion with broad range of speakers representing developers (MIDF Property Berhad, Matrix Concepts Holdings & Eco World Development Group Berhad, and UMW Land Sdn. Bhd.), investors (European Union-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Kuala Lumpur & Asli Mechanical Sdn. Bhd.), local councils and utility companies. This was then followed by a one-on-one engagement with developers and biz clinics with the utility companies, as well as financial institutions.