PARIS: The International Trade and Industry (Miti) trade mission to Britain, Switzerland, Germany and France, had 620 business meetings which resulted in potential sales of RM40.278mil, lead organiser Malaysian Industrial Development Corporation (Mida) said.
Led by minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, the mission received overwhelming response from investors, who thronged seminars and business forums held from Sept 30 to Oct 12.
The meetings, which were co-organised by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), involved 574 foreign participants in London, 154 in Zurich, 250 in Stuttgart and 250 in Paris, Mida told Bernama.
Datuk Rosli Mat Hassan, the MP for Dungun, who represented the Backbenchers Club, said Miti’s mission was very well organised and different when compared with trade missions of other countries, which were usually small in number.
He said Miti’s strategy of inviting speakers from companies which had been operating in Malaysia for a long time, like BMW and Technip, to talk about why they chose Malaysia and still remainred in the country, had perked up confidence among investors who attended the forums.
The Backbenchers Club is one of the members of the trade mission, which also comprised officials from Miti and other government agencies, officials from Perlis, Terengganu, Pahang, Malacca and Selangor and representatives of 40 companies.
Miti’s first business forum started in London, which was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
In Zurich, potential projects discussed included the manufacture of 3D optical elements, metal, plastic parts and components for packaging machinery, disposable products for hospitals, manufacture of aircraft parts (structural parts, fuselage and wing), water meters and manufacture of fluid and gas analysers.
Potential projects from Stuttgart include manufacturing transmission parts and components, ceramic pottery, ship/boat building, microelectronic packaging, vaccine production plant, biotechnology software, bioinformatics and high-tech monitoring equipment and software.
In Berlin, potential projects include manufacturing orthopaedic products, components and parts for telecommunication industry, mobile radio with remote control, pharmaceutical products and software for hospitals.
Potential projects in Paris, include manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products, hydraulic products for construction industry, military and navy boats, aircraft components and parts, essential oil, security systems for automobile, wood and plastic decorative items, processing of chilled and frozen vegetables and telemedicine. – Bernama