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MITI In The News

  1. #ASEAN: ASEAN On Track To Deliver Most Of The Measures Under AEC - ASEAN Deputy Secretary General

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Bernama) -- ASEAN has made good progress in meeting all measures stipulated in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint, especially on the establishment of a single market and production base, said Dr Lim Hong Hin, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for the AEC . He said senior economic officials from the respective member countries have identified higher implementation priority to be implemented based on the 21st ASEAN Economic Ministers Retreat which took place end of March in Kelantan. "All countries are committed to ensure that the high priority measures under AEC's four pillars will be implemented by the end of the year," he said. The AEC's four key pillars are a single market and production base; a highly competitive economic region; a region of equitable economic development; and a region fully integrated into the global economy. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting-European Union (SOEM-EU), here Saturday, Lim said that most of the measures to create a single market and production base appeared fruitful. "We are trying hard to promote free flow services, investment, skilled labour and capital," he said. Lim added that the meeting was also looking at transport, energy and competition and intellectual property to achieve a highly competitive region. In order to integrate with the global economy, Lim said ASEAN has begun a free trade agreement (FTA) negotiation with Hong Kong to bring larger advantages for the small and medium enterprises. "We are trying to consolidate the existing FTAs under one umbrella and streamline various different rules and procedures to faciliate SMEs export activities," he said. Currently, ASEAN's FTAs are the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA), the ASEAN-China FTA (ACFTA), the ASEAN-India FTA (AIFTA), the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) and the ASEAN-South Korea FTA (AKFTA). Meanwhile, he said there was strong expectation from the private sector under the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in terms of AEC's benefit to the business community. "They also want to ensure all measures are fully implemented. But, let's put it into perspective, it does not mean that by end of 2015 everything is done because regional integration is an ongoing progress," he stressed. He pointed out that the European Union, a politico-economic union of 28 member states in Europe, was the first to start with a common market, followed by customs and banking unions, and now an energy union. However, Lim said that ASEAN hoped to provide a bigger platform for the community to broaden and deepen regional integration by year-end. "We expect the leaders to announce that we have the ASEAN Community and AEC in place, as well as share what is going to happen in the next 10 years.

  2. 130 Syarikat Beroperasi Di Taman Industri Halal

    KUALA LUMPUR: Sebanyak 130 syarikat telah beroperasi di taman industri halal setakat ini dengan jumlah pelaburan mencecah RM8.5 bilion, kata Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (Miti) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

  3. RM28mil grant for two firms

    GEORGE TOWN: The Federal Government has given RM28.5mil to QAV Technologies Sdn Bhd and AMD Export Sdn Bhd in the form of grants to assist them in establishing themselves as world-class companies.

  4. WHS himpunkan 81 pakar halal

    KUALA LUMPUR 30 Mac – Sidang Kemuncak Halal Dunia 2015 (WHS2015) bakal menghimpunkan 81 pakar halal dari 17 buah negara menerusi empat forum yang diadakan mulai 1 hingga 3 April ini.

  5. UMW Launches First Locally Assembled Toyota Camry Hybrid

    SHAH ALAM, March 23 (Bernama) -- UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, assembler and distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, today launched the new locally-assembled Toyota Camry Hybrid, aiming to produce some 7,000 units of the variant this year.