Malaysia-South Australia Ties Strengthened Notes Honorary Consul Alex Kitingan

Trade and industry ties between Malaysia and South Australia strengthened by trade missions. Honorary Consul of Malaysia in South Australia, Alex Kitingan notes shift from engagement to action and implementation.

Honorary Consul of Malaysia in South Australia, Alex Kitingan, has noted that the trade delegation this week led by Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister, Dato’ Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed has accelerated business ties between Malaysia and South Australia.

Following the trade mission by South Australia to Malaysia earlier this year, the visit by the Malaysian delegation has shifted business ties from engagement to more action.

There can be further potential successes to be experienced from missions like these and Minister Mustapa cited Thomas Foods International which went from $30 million Aussie dollars of meat business in Malaysia in 2014 and this year it’s going to be $90 million.

The Biotech Industry, health, aged care, education, defence and electronics were industries highlighted during this visit.

The delegation were also hosted by South Australian Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton Smith at Parliament House who had indicated that he saw the trade relations between Malaysia and South Australia continue to strengthen. He also mentioned that there will be further plans to conduct another trade mission to Malaysia in future and will continue to support Malaysia Airlines when possible.

Minister Mustapa encouraged more Australian students to study in Malaysia.

“We only have 200 students from Australia in Malaysia. We want more Aussies for one or two semesters. We are getting more young men and women from Australia who come to Malaysia to do one or two semesters. The system is so flexible now for student mobility. So they study for a semester in Malaysia and that credit can be transferred to a university here. We are encouraging that.”

The trade delegation was hosted by the Australia Malaysia Business Council – SA Chapter and the Department of State Development. The trade delegation also included Dato Azman Mahmud, CEO of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority and delegates from MATRADE.

Kitingan has recently returned from Malaysia having met a few Federal and Sabah state ministers encouraging them to come and engage with South Australia.

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