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MANILA: The Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industries Philippines Inc will assist in cross-promoting opportunities for companies and professionals.

 

The first foreign chamber from the ASEAN Member States in the Philippines was officially launched yesterday by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed at the margins of the 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting and Related Meetings which is taking place in Pasay City.

 

There are currently 25 members to complement the role of the Malaysian embassy in enhancing Malaysia – the Philippines’ economic relations.

 

Mustapa said infrastructure is among the top priorities of the Philippines government with public spending on infrastructure projects targeted to reach US$180 billion from ‎2017-2022.

 

This will translate into increasing spending on public infrastructure from 5.32 per cent of GDP in 2017 to as high as 7.45 per cent of GDP by 2022.

 

“ Malaysian companies are taking advantage on the development by participating in a few local projects including the Regional Government Centers in Calabarzon, Nueva Ecija and Bataan which was successfully built by Alloy Mtd.

 

“Another mega project that Malaysian companies should take advantage is the Clark Green City, a 9,450 hectare of mix development project. “

 

To date, there are about 30 Malaysian owned companies in the Philippines.

 

On trade and investment, he said growth continues at a modest level.

 

For the half year of 2017, Malaysia’s total trade with the Philippines increased by 28 per cent from RM9.75 billion to RM12.47 billion from the same period last year.

 

In terms of investment, the cumulative direct investment value by Malaysia in the Philippines amounted to RM2.4 billion from 2008 to 2016.

 

Major investments in the Philippines are mostly in banking, infrastructure and manufacturing.

 

FDI inflows from the Philippines to Malaysia from 2011 to 2016 amounted to RM3.7 billion in various sectors such as beverages & tobacco, chemical & chemical products, basic metal products, food manufacturing, wood & wood products.