The progressively close cooperation between China and Asean will encourage more Chinese agricultural enterprises to make their foray into the region moving forward.
“More Chinese technology “genes” would be injected into Asean products, allowing “China’s excellent agricultural technology to take root and bear fruit on Asean soil,” said Tan Yew Sing, President Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC).
Tan called on the Government and the business commodity to tap the current China-Malaysia bilateral trade relations to improve the various traditional industries with the technology innovation as a goal.
“Modern agriculture has become knowledge intensive and highly efficient,” he added.
Tan also lauded efforts by the Malaysian Rubber Board, which has actively conducted innovative research with high value-added benefits to promote high quality, high yield and disease-resistance varieties, and to produce rubber tress varieties with shorter maturity periods.
Meanwhile, Tan stated that the Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association had estimated that this year’s Chinese New Year holiday will usher in 250,000 Chinese tourists, grew about 200,000 tourists last year.
Tan added, “As a popular tourist destination in South-East Asia, Malaysia should strengthen its infrastructure, such as Chinese language signages and Chinese-speaking tour guides, with introducing innovations in science and technology such as a mobile phone payment system.”