MCCI eyes business pact with BARMM
Published on: Sunday, August 18, 2019
By: Nikko Fabian
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KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) is keen on bringing giant manufacturing enterprises to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

A MCCI delegation led by its President Edward Ling made a two-day business exploration trip to the region early this month.

“During the visit, we expressed interest in bringing big manufacturing enterprises to the BARMM by tapping its vast workforce to make processed halal food and rubber products, among others,” said Ling.

He said he was optimistic and confident about development in the BARMM. 

“We are looking forward to [create] jobs, like in manufacturing of rubber gloves or toys,” said Ling.

Other members of the Malaysian business delegation comprised Malaysian Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Rizany Irwan Muhammad Mazlan, Assistant Trade Councillor Irvin Francis and other MCCI officials. Accompanying the visiting group was Malacañang special envoy to Malaysia, Atty Wencelito Andanar.

On Aug 4, the Malaysian delegation met with officials of the BARMM Regional Board of Investments and discussed the possibility of strengthening business and development linkages between the autonomous region and Malaysia.

BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim, also known as Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, welcomed the visiting group and they discussed the possibility of strengthening development ventures between the BARMM and Malaysia.

“We hope to establish more active engagements with Malaysia and other Southeast Asian neighbours in the aspect of economics and business alliance,” said Murad in a statement.

Meanwhile, many Filipinos see the visit as Malaysia’s steadfast attitude and readiness to assist the BARMM in its endeavours, especially economic development.

Officials from both Malaysia and the BARMM strongly believe the importance for both parties to elevate their strategic partnership from being peace partners to development partners.

Helping the BARMM is part of the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad’s “prosper-the-neighbors” policy.


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