Air­port op­er­a­tor ties up with In­vest Se­lan­gor, TCR Solution, Cainiao Net­work

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MALAYSIA Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd (MAHB) is now sev­eral steps closer to re­al­is­ing the de­vel­op­ment of KLIA Aeropo­lis af­ter fi­nal­is­ing sev­eral agree­ments on the project at the Langkawi International Mar­itime and Aero­space ex­hi­bi­tion (LIMA) 2017, here, yes­ter­day.

MAHB signed a me­moran­dum of understanding (MoU) with In­vest Se­lan­gor Bhd, a Se­lan­gor investment pro­mo­tion agency, and a part­ner­ship agree­ment with TCR Solution Sdn Bhd, of TCR Group, a Bel­gium-based ground sup­port equip­ment ser­vice provider.

It also signed an MoU with Cainiao Net­work to ex­plore de­vel­op­ment of a re­gional e-com­merce and lo­gis­tics hub at the KLIA Aeropo­lis.

The MoU with In­vest Se­lan­gor was to pro­mote and mar­ket KLIA Aeropo­lis and Subang Aero­space Park as an Asean re­gional aero­space hub.

MAHB and In­vest Se­lan­gor will jointly mar­ket both lo­ca­tions to aero­space play­ers around the world through meet­ings, con­fer­ences, work­shops and busi­ness-to-busi­ness (B2B) events, among oth­ers.

The strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween MAHB and TCR pro­vides the lat­ter a plat­form to of­fer its ground sup­port equip­ment fa­cil­i­ties at Kuala Lumpur International Air­port (KLIA), which will serve as TCR International’s Asia-Pa­cific head­quar­ters.

At the same time, it will also serve as the foun­da­tion of the com­pany’s Asia-Pa­cific ex­pan­sion, tar­get­ing Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, In­done­sia, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philip­pines and Ja­pan.

MAHB man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Badlisham Ghaz­ali said yes­ter­day the agree­ments with In­vest Se­lan­gor and TCR Group was pleas­ing to MAHB as both com­pa­nies had the right ca­pac­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence to ma­te­ri­alise the goals of KLIA Aeropo­lis.

“(They can) make it a suc­cess through their ex­per­tise, busi­ness ob­jec­tives and ser­vice of­fer­ings. We are confident the col­lab­o­ra­tion with these com­pa­nies will fur­ther po­si­tion MAHB as a re­gional key eco­nomic en­abler.”

MAHB an­nounced the Cainiao deal in con­junc­tion with the launch of the world’s first Dig­i­tal Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak on Wednesday.

Un­der the MoU, the com­pa­nies have agreed to ex­plore jointly the es­tab­lish­ment of a re­gional ecom­merce and lo­gis­tics hub at KLIA Aeropo­lis to cater to the busi­ness-to-con­sumer (B2C) and B2B seg­ments.

This is in line with Alibaba Group’s vi­sion to de­velop an elec­tronic world trade plat­form to en­able SMEs and young en­trepreneurs to par­tic­i­pate in the global trade eas­ily, equally and freely.

Among the pro­posed co­op­er­a­tions, Cainiao and Lazada will lead other Alibaba sub­sidiaries and af­fil­i­ates to work with MAHB for the de­vel­op­ment of the e-ful­fil­ment hub. The ini­tial phase is cur­rently ex­pected to roll out be­fore the end of this year, lead­ing to the planned for­mal launch by the end of 2019.

“Apart from re­al­is­ing our vi­sion to be­come the global leader in cre­at­ing air­port ci­ties, this col­lab­o­ra­tion will fur­ther sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s aim to trans­form Malaysia into a key sourc­ing and ful­fil­ment hub for global mar­ket­places and nur­ture an ecosys­tem to drive in­no­va­tion in e-com­merce by tap­ping avail­able re­sources un­der KLIA Aeropo­lis,” said Badlisham.

Cainiao pres­i­dent Wan Lin said: “The key pur­pose for es­tab­lish­ing this e-ful­fill­ment hub is to help con­nect small and medium en­ter­prises to world markets via an ef­fi­cient and cost-ef­fec­tive plat­form so they can ben­e­fit from a net­work ef­fect as more and more e-hubs join the plat­form.

“Un­der­pin­ning the hub is a data plat­form that will en­able both B2C and B2B en­ter­prises to over­come hur­dles such as cus­toms clear­ance. That will in turn help lay the foun­da­tion to achieve our goal of 72-hour de­liv­ery to any­where in the world.”

KLIA Aeropo­lis was se­lected to be the site of the ini­tial phase for the DFTZ. The Air Cargo & Lo­gis­tics clus­ter seeks to lever­age the strate­gic lo­ca­tion of KLIA within South­east Asia.

Malaysia Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd (MAHB) man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Badlisham Ghaz­ali (in­set) says the agree­ments with In­vest Se­lan­gor and TCR Group is pleas­ing to MAHB as both com­pa­nies have the right ca­pac­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence to help it ma­te­ri­alise the goals of KLIA Aeropo­lis.

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