‘Malaysia can provide opportunities for Turkey to reach ASEAN markets’

Fadillah (right) presents a souvenir to the Deputy Undersecretary to the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs His Excellency Chemal Nogay.

KUCHING, April 6: Malaysia can offer Turkey opportunities to penetrate ASEAN markets which comprise 650 million people.

Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said Malaysians are most familiar with the region and have ease of travel within the region.

“Malaysia has effectively established a strong presence within the region. We have successful working models which I would like to propose for us to look into for the corporation between Malaysia and Turkey,” he said today, to a group of Turkish delegation who are here for several days in Kuching.

The Ministry of Works is also looking forward to synergistic cooperation in the construction sector as part of the Malaysia-Turkey relationship including the ongoing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations and upcoming Joint Economic Corporation (JEC) in August this year.

“With this regards, I would like to take this opportunity to invite Turkey to participate in the International Construction Week (ICW) next year to showcase and promote your products and services.

“ICW is one of the largest gatherings showcasing the full spectrum of the construction industry in South East Asia where ICW 2018 which was held last month gathered more than 16,000 visitors,” Fadillah said.

The three-day event also successfully matched potential investments and provided platforms for sharing of knowledge and networking amongst participants.

He added that based on both countries’ 54 years of strong bilateral relations, he believe that the synergistic cooperation and collaboration in the construction industry will facilitate an impactful and profitable outcome in trade and investment for mutual benefit.

Malaysia is also looking at Turkey as her strategic partner in expanding opportunities to access the West Asian and European region.

“We have the key players from Sarawak’s construction industry with us today and this poses a good opportunity for us to establish new friendships and partnerships for future ventures,” Fadillah added. — DayakDaily