A 14-member Malaysian delegation spent about one week in two cities in China – Shanxi and Ya’nan – to foster closer ties with businessmen there.
The trade mission was led by Federation of East Coast Chinese Chambers of Commerce president Tan Sri Lam Kam Sang who is also the Pahang Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry president.
During the programme, both sides also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Lam said the visit was also to mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations this year.
“China is now an economic powerhouse and Malaysians, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), could learn a lot on how to face the challenges ahead.
“There are many opportunities to work together for mutual benefit, ” he said.
Lam said members from both Shanxi and Ya’nan Federations of Industry and Commerce and their federations of entrepreneurs had pledged to make a return visit and explore investments in Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.
He said Malaysian SMEs should seize the opportunity to visit more provinces and cities in China to learn their business skills so that it could help them to prosper and grow into a bigger entity back home.
“In the long term, it pays to get acquainted with China as its economy is growing rapidly.
“Chinese entrepreneurs are willing to share their expertise and move forward together due to the strong Malaysia-China friendship, ” he said, adding that the business fraternity must remain optimistic despite the ongoing trade war between China and the United States.