THE International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) hopes to attract more multinational companies to establish their presence in Perak through the cooperation of the Government’s principal investment agency Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida).
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed commended Perak for successfully attracting several international companies to set up base here.
“Many of them are main industry players in the world, such as Finisar, Vale and Bromma, and I also like what is being done at the Movie Animation Park Studios as it is a new tourism product that would boost development in Meru as well as the whole state.
“I hope more multinational companies will come to Perak through our close cooperation with Mida,” he told reporters after the launch of Miti Day 2017 Northern Region at Casuarina@Meru Hotel.
Mustapa said Miti Day aimed to promote the role his ministry plays in society, especially when it comes to strengthening the country’s economic growth via trade.
“There are around 30 companies here showcasing their products and services and at the same time, offering over 10,000 job opportunities to both job seekers and fresh graduates.
“Thousands of visitors are here to check out what Miti Day in the northern region has to offer and I am truly satisfied with the success achieved here,” he said.
Also present was Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, who said the state successfully recorded investments in the manufacturing sector totalling to RM3.9bil, which has exceeded their initial target of RM2.9bil.
“In 2015, an investment of RM3.8bil was recorded, exceeding the targeted figure of RM2.7bil.
“We hope that this encouraging trend would continue and we believe that Perak is one of the best destinations for investors,” he said.
Dr Zambry also said Miti and the Perak government have been working together successfully in providing facilitation for investors and traders.
“Earlier this morning, we attended a meeting which was co-chaired by the minister (Mustapa) and I, where six papers were discussed including new industrial estates, National Blue Ocean Strategy initiatives and infrastructure-upgrading projects.
“Through a meeting like this, Perak could update the ministry and vice versa on projects.
“The state could also present business opportunities for feedback,” he said, adding that he hopes that this level of engagement would continue to further promote new investments in Perak.
Also present were Miti secretary-general Datuk Seri J Jayasiri, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan, state secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan and several foreign ambassadors.
Among some of the programmes lined up for visitors at the event were Miti & Agencies Showcase, Miti Day Job Fair, Miti Autoshow & Car Care, Joint Training & Education Programme for SMEs with Google, state-level SMEs Week 2017 and a dialogue session with Mustapa regarding the Asean Economic Community.
Engineer J. Ragu, 29, who was based in Taiping, was looking to explore his options at the fair.
“My lecturer from my university in Malacca told me about Miti Day and the job fair.
“I like how well-organised the whole event is and I hope I will be able to secure a job at one of the big industry players here like Bromma,” he said.
Similarly, cashier N. Thulasia, 28, was also looking to further her career in administration, finance or accounting.
“My friends recommended the fair to me and so far, there are a lot of jobs offered here that are focused on IT support, manufacturing and technology.
“So I hope there would be more for me to explore and secure a chance to work in the field I want,” she said.
As for businessman Ahmad Nazrul, the 39-year-old who owns a cafe in Ipoh, was seeking funding assistance through one of the agencies under Miti, SME Bank.
“I am interested to know more about how I can apply for assistance from them since I am part of their target group, which is a small and medium enterprise owner.
“Miti Fair seems like a great platform for people like me and I am happy with all the information I have received today,” he said.