DEVELOPER Matrix Concepts Holdings Bhd (MCHB) hosted a delegation from Anhui, China, paving the way for investment opportunities with companies from the eastern Chinese province.
Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the visit would bode well for the state’s economic growth.
He was speaking at a welcome dinner for the 21-person delegation from Anhui Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (AASE).
“We are glad the AASE delegation can experience our unique offerings on their first visit to the state,” he said at the dinner in Bandar Sri Sendayan near Seremban.
“As we approach almost 50 years of Malaysia-China bilateral ties, our relationship with the world’s second- largest economy and our biggest trade partner for the past 14 years is at its best.
“Bilateral trade was recorded at RM487.13bil last year,” he added.
Aminuddin expressed hope that AASE member companies would explore opportunities to set up new industries in Negri Sembilan, which could create high-paying jobs for locals.
He said that to attract foreign investment, the state prioritised high-impact development projects that were balanced and inclusive.
One of the areas for development is the sprawling Malaysian Vision Valley 2.0 (MVV 2.0), which is a triangular new growth area encompassing Seremban, Nilai and Port Dickson.
“MVV 2.0’s holistic approach aims to attract quality investments, improve the business ecosystem and diversify economic activities to improve the income levels and opportunities of rural communities,” he said.
AASE secretary Dai Jian Hua said Negri Sembilan’s strategic location and potential for growth made it attractive to Chinese companies looking for opportunities.“We will provide support for Chinese companies looking to invest in Malaysia or tie up with Malaysian partners.
“We hope to strengthen cooperation in innovative new technologies, smart manufacturing, bio-pharmaceuticals, renewable energies and new materials,” he said, adding that AASE also welcomed local companies to explore opportunities in Anhui.
The Hefei-based association is committed to serving scientists and entrepreneurs supporting innovative development and promoting national scientific literacy.
The delegation earlier met with Negri Sembilan’s investment arm Invest NS.
During the welcome dinner at d’Tempat Country Club, the members were treated to sumptuous food and a cultural performance.
MCHB founder Datuk Seri Lee Tian Hock, whose team visited Anhui in April, hoped the delegation’s reciprocal visit to explore investment opportunities in Negri Sembilan would be a boon to the state.
“We wish to open opportunities to work together, particularly on projects in MVV 2.0,” he said.