PM: MITEC WILL PUT NA­TION ON THE MAP

It will achieve goal of mak­ing KL one of top 5 most-vis­ited cities by 2020

New Straits Times - - News - MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE Malaysia In­ter­na­tional Trade and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (MITEC) will achieve its goal of mak­ing Kuala Lumpur one of the top five most vis­ited cities by 2020.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, who of­fi­cially launched the RM628 mil­lion build­ing last night, said he was con­fi­dent that with MITEC’s state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, it would put Malaysia on the map, while cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties and rais­ing skill lev­els and wages of the peo­ple.

“Ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Congress and Con­ven­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, Kuala Lumpur is ranked eighth in Asia Pa­cific and 28th glob­ally as a con­ven­tion cen­tre city, while among coun­tries, Malaysia was ranked sev­enth in the re­gion and 30th in the world.

“Last year, the Malaysian MICE (meet­ings, in­cen­tives, con­ven­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions) in­dus­try at­tracted 111,298 del­e­gates to 153 events and gen­er­ated RM1.035 bil­lion in rev­enue.

“By 2020, busi­ness tourism is fore­cast to con­trib­ute RM3.9 bil­lion to the gross na­tional in­come and gen­er­ate 16,700 jobs.

“With MITEC, how­ever, I am cer­tain that these rank­ings and fig­ures are set to im­prove. It will play its part in reach­ing our goal of mak­ing Kuala Lumpur one of top five most vis­ited cities by 2020.”

Na­jib was speaking at the of­fi­cial han­dover cer­e­mony of the MITEC build­ing by Naza Group to the In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­istry here yes­ter­day.

He said the gov­ern­ment would pro­mote it as a venue of choice and en­cour­age na­tional and in­ter­na­tional events and con­fer­ences to be held at MITEC, in line with the gov­ern­ment’s busi­ness­friendly poli­cies.

Na­jib said MITEC was an­other ex­am­ple of how the gov­ern­ment’s plans had de­liv­ered and con­tin­ued to de­liver for the ben­e­fit of Malaysians.

The cer­e­mony saw In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed ac­cept­ing the build­ing from Naza Group ex­ec­u­tive chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer S.M. Nasarudin S.M. Nasimud­din.

MITEC, which was de­vel­oped by the Naza Group prop­erty arm, Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd, is the first com­po­nent of the RM20 bil­lion, 30.55ha KL Me­trop­o­lis project launched in Oc­to­ber 2011.

Naza Cor­po­ra­tion Hold­ings, via its sub­sidiary, Prisma Galery Sdn Bhd, has re­ceived the con­ces­sion­aire li­cence to op­er­ate and man­age the fa­cil­ity from the Malaysia Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

The round shape of MITEC’s de­sign ar­chi­tec­ture re­flects a rub­ber seed to sym­bol­ise the rub­ber in­dus­try’s con­tri­bu­tion to Malaysia’s early eco­nomic growth.

PIC BY LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak vis­it­ing the gym­nas­tic ring, a Sea Games venue, af­ter launch­ing the Malaysia In­ter­na­tional Trade and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre’s build­ing in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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