Malaysia-Thailand agreed to set up task forces to boost agriculture, tourism sectors

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Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim with Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to set up task forces to boost several sectors including agriculture and tourism and one month is given to get reports for the next course of action.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said, the task forces in both countries should submit a report within a month for further action.

“I am pleased with the pragmatic business like decision that is rare in our normal bilateral relation.

“Other sectors involved in this plan include security, trade, business and halal sector,” he said in a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin broadcasted live on his Facebook today.

He said, his meeting with the prime minister of Thailand had focused on increasing trade and business that complement, help each other on shared experiences that will benefit both countries as neighbours.

Anwar said, after the reports have been submitted to him and Srettha Thavisin, they will meet in Japan in December 2023.

“Based on his seriousness in developing relations in practical term, we will compare the notes and execute effectively,” Anwar said.  

Meanwhile Srettha said, one of the issues discussed with the government of Malaysia is concerning the national security in northern Malaysia-southern Thailand.

“Both agree to turn the minor war zone into a trade zone that will help prosper the people in northern Malaysia and southern Thailand.

Srettha said, Thailand is a food secured country with advanced agricultural technologies.

 He added, they could increase productivity while Malaysia needs food and has the halal branding that could help Thailand to market their products globally.  

On the automotive sector, Srettha is looking forward to the setting up of an electric vehicle (EV) factory in Thailand via joint venture between the national carmaker Proton and Chinese carmaker Geely.

Srettha said, both the companies look forward to set up an EV factory in Thailand followed by a meeting later and hopefully a clear next step can be established and move forward quickly.

However the Thailand prime minister did not reveal details on that matter.

In another development, the Automative High Tech Valley (AHTV), a mega project in Tanjung Malim, Perak with the involvement of investment amounting  RM32 billion is spearheaded by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd with DRB-Hicom Bhd.

Today the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had witnessed the signing of a main collaboration agreement between DRB-Hicom and Geely as a commitment in making the project a success.

In April this year, Anwar announced that Geely would be investing US$10billion to turn Tanjung Malim into the region’s largest automotive city. – Malaysia World News       

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