KOTA KINABALU, June 13 (Bernama) -- Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal expects the discussions between local companies in Sabah and Chinese investors during the Malaysia-China Smart Manufacturing Roundtable Meeting here tomorrow will result in more investments, especially in infrastructure, in the state.
He also expressed hope that the investors from China would consider investing in areas emphasised by the state government such as port, railway and dam development.
He brought up this matter during China's Industry and Information Technology Minister Miao Wei's courtesy visit to the Sabah State Administrative Centre here today. Also present was International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking.
Mohd Shafie said he hoped Miao and members of his delegation would convey the opportunities for infrastructure development to investors back in China.
He would also like to see Sabahans be given the opportunity to undergo training at China's telecommunication equipment giant Huawei to enable the state to benefit from the technologies.
Meanwhile, Miao said the Chinese companies that would participate in the roundtable meeting included those that were already well-established in Malaysia as well as technology firms that had only recently entered the local market.
The Malaysia-China Smart Manufacturing Roundtable Meeting, themed “Win-Win Cooperation For Manufacturing Innovative Development”, will be hosted by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) with the cooperation of China's Industry and Information Technology Ministry.
In a statement issued in relation to the visit today, Leiking said MITI would work closely with the Sabah government to facilitate any potential investment and direct trade between the state and China, as the strategic position of Sabah vis-a-vis China would enable the economic powerhouse to bring many investment and job opportunities to Sabah.
"The objective is to create a win-win situation for both sides," he said, adding that he was also happy with the close ties between the Sabah government and China, which was enhanced by Miao's two-day visit to the state.