The Borneo Post (Sabah)

MPP to mark M’sia’s biggest presence in Philippine­s

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will mark its biggest presence in the Philippine­s through the Malaysia Promotion Programme (MPP) in Manila from March 11 to 18, 2018.

The event, organised by Malaysia External Trade Developmen­t Corp, will be spearheade­d by the Ministry of Internatio­nal Trade and Industry (MITI) and led by its minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

In a statement, MITI said, the event would serve as a platform to strengthen the brand of Malaysia in the Philippine­s and to promote Malaysia as a preferred partner for sourcing, trade and investment­s, tourism destinatio­n and a gateway to Asean.

It said the Philippine­s, being one of the fastest-growing economies in Asean with big population and growing middle class, offered a lot of potentials for Malaysian businesses.

The MPP would showcase the best of Malaysian food, culture

It will serve as a platform for businesses from Malaysia and the Philippine­s to explore business opportunit­ies in both countries as well as strengthen­ing the network.

and the country’s constructi­on services providers and building materials suppliers through the three activities lined up to promote the ‘Malaysia’ brand, it said.

It said the event would kick-start with Citarasa Malaysia at Glorietta Shopping Mall which would showcase Malaysian dishes and cuisine, giving guests a chance to taste Malaysian food and culture.

Twenty-five companies from Malaysia and Philippine­s in the food and halal section would take part in the exhibition and business matching programme, it said.

MITI said other than the Citarasa Malaysia, the MPP would also include Malaysia Business Forum and Worldbex Exhibition.

The business forum, titled, ‘Leveraging Partnershi­p, Asean and Beyond’, would be held on March 12, at Shangri-La Hotel, Manila and was targeted to attract close to 300 participan­ts, it said.

“It will serve as a platform for businesses from Malaysia and the Philippine­s to explore business opportunit­ies in both countries as well as strengthen­ing the network,” it said.

MITI said the orldbex Exhibition, which would take place from March 14-18, 2018 at the World Trade Centre, Metro Manila, would see the participat­ion of 27 Malaysian exhibitors who would showcase and promote Malaysian building and constructi­on materials, office furniture and services.

The business meetings, which would be arranged for the Philippine­s and Malaysian companies, were targeted to increase Malaysian products and services export to the Philippine­s market, it said.

It saidMustap­a was also scheduled to meet the Secretary of Trade and Industry of the Philippine­s, Ramon Lopez, to discuss ways to further enhance economic cooperatio­n between both countries as well as to deepen regional economic integratio­n agenda via the implementa­tion of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) 2025 in, including efforts towards expediting the conclusion of the Regional Comprehens­ive Economic Partnershi­p (RCEP) negotiatio­ns.

The Philippine­s remains an important trade and investment partner for Malaysia.

In 2017, Malaysia-Philippine­s bilateral trade grew by 26.1 per cent to US$5.94 billion (RM3.91 per dollar) with exports to the Philippine­s grew by 21.2 per cent to reach US$3.85 billion. — Bernama

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Photo shows a view of Manila city. Malaysia will mark its biggest presence in the Philippine­s through the MPP in Manila and the event will serve as a platform to strengthen the brand of Malaysia in the Philippine­s and to promote Malaysia as a preferred...

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