Min­istries hope for 50-50 par­tic­i­pa­tion

New Straits Times - - Letters - HARIZ MOHD AND HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN LANGKAWI harizm@nst.com.my

THE Min­istries of De­fence and Trans­port aim to in­crease the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­mer­cial sec­tor in the next Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aero­space (Lima) ex­hi­bi­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, the min­istries — which started to jointly host the ex­hi­bi­tion this year — want to see a bal­ance be­tween the num­ber of mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial ex­hibitors.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said this year‘s Lima sees a to­tal of 555 ex­hi­bi­tion par­tic­i­pants, of which 240 were from the cor­po­rate side.

“We have tried to close the gap be­tween the mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion in Lima, and now we are look­ing at a 65-35 split.

“By next Lima, we are hop­ing that it would be 50-50 par­tic­i­pa­tion be­tween both the avi­a­tion and mar­itime side... (this) is an el­e­ment that we are work­ing on very hard,“he said yes­ter­day.

Hisham­mud­din said this to re­porters in a joint press con­fer­ence with Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai af­ter a hi-tea with the me­dia on­board the Royal Malaysian Navy‘s (RMN) KD in Porto Malai, here yes­ter­day.

He said this year‘s Lima (Lima 2017) saw an in­crease in the par­tic­i­pa­tion of ex­hibitors from 512 in 2015, to 555.

This sub­se­quently led to an in­crease in oc­cu­pied ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces in both the Mah­suri In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (MIEC) for aero­space, and Re­sorts World Langkawi for the mar­itime seg­ment by 15,000 sq m to a to­tal of 119,209.

Hisham­mud­din said they ex­pect the ex­hi­bi­tion this year would bring in 180,000 trade and pub­lic vis­i­tors from around the world.

“This Lima is his­toric as it will be the big­gest in 26 years with a dra­matic in­crease in to­tal gross space oc­cu­pied for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It will see in­creases in not only the num­ber of ex­hibitors, but also the a num­ber of as­sets on dis­play,“he said.

Hisham­mud­din said Lima 2017, which be­gins to­day and runs un­til Satur­day, would also be the first to see an ar­ray of Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cles (UAVs) and Au­tonomous Un­der­wa­ter Ve­hi­cles (AUVs) on dis­play.

They in­clude the United States Air Force‘s MQ-1 Preda­tor, the US Navy MQ-8 Fire Scout, Thales Ful­mar MiniUAV, Saab AUV 62AT and Ukraine‘s TBN UAV.

Among the high­lights of the ex­hi­bi­tion, Hisham­mud­din added, are the Chiefs of Navy Round­table Talk, which would bring to­gether 12 navy chiefs and 24 rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and the Air Chiefs Con­fer­ence.

He said the ex­hi­bi­tion would also re­ceive im­por­tant vis­i­tors such as min­is­ters from all over the world, in­clud­ing from the US, the UK, Turkey, Qatar, Aus­tralia and South­east Asian na­tions.

Mean­while, Liow said the Trans­port Min­istry‘s high­lights for Lima 2017 are the avi­a­tion sum­mit and the Asia Pa­cific Mar­itime Safety Fo­rum.

“For the Trans­port Min­istry, our high­light is the avi­a­tion sum­mit where we fo­cus on our green en­vi­ron­ment, and how to en­sure sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the avi­a­tion sec­tor.

“As we know, avi­a­tion is a grow­ing sec­tor, but we are also con­cerned about the en­vi­ron­ment — how are we go­ing to re­duce car­bon emis­sions— and defini- tely, this sum­mit will have a lot of im­pact on our de­ci­sions to re­duce car­bon emis­sions in the avi­a­tion sec­tor.“

Liow said the mar­itime safety fo­rum would see fo­cus given on how to en­sure safety in the Straits of Malacca, and how to en­sure Malaysia‘s mar­itime in­dus­try will con­tinue to have sus­tain­able growth.

He said, by work­ing closely with the De­fence Min­istry, the Trans­port Min­istry be­lieves it would en­hance the com­mer­cial im­pact of Lima.

“Like what was said by (Hisham­mud­din) just now, for eco­nomic de­velop- ment, we need the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­mer­cial sec­tor. And I am proud to say that this Lima sees a greater bal­ance be­tween the de­fence and com­mer­cial sec­tors (than be­fore).“

Hisham­mud­din and Liow were ac­com­pa­nied by De­fence Min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rahim Mo­hamad Radzi and Armed Forces chief Gen­eral Tan Sri Raja Mo­hamed Af­fandi Raja Mo­hamed Noor.

Also present were RMN chief Ad­mi­ral Tan Sri Ah­mad Ka­marulza­man Ah­mad Badarud­din, Royal Malaysian Air Force chief Gen­eral Datuk Seri Af­fendi Buang and Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency di­rec­tor-gen­eral Ad­mi­ral Datuk Seri Puzi Ka­har.

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