Sunday, October 19, 2008


M’sia targets RM5O bln increase in export


With strategic measures being lined up by the Government to face the possibility of a global economic downturn, Malaysia is targeting a RM5O billion increase in total exports to reach almost RM700 billion next year. International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said among the measures were aggressive promotions on Malaysian products to new markets while not only relying on the United States and European countries whose demands for imports had been declining. “We will put our target on Asean, China, Japan, Korea and new countries such as those in the Middle East or Africa. “Our objective is to ensure the decline in imports (by other countries), if any, would not affect our export value for 2009,” he told reporters at an Aidilfitri do, here yesterday. The Minister said, for this year, Malaysia was still aiming to have, a positive import value at over RM600 billion. Malaysia’s imports last year were valued at RM605. 1 billion, a 2.7 per cent increase from the previous year. Muhyiddin said the Ministry was looking closely to see if the global financial crisis would affect the economy in the countries which imported Malaysian products and also to see whether the crisis affected the demand for the products. “That’s why we are taking measures to have close relationships with the organisations that represent businessmen, chambers of commerce as well as export associations to get their feedback an suggestions on what should be done if there was a declining trend in their exports. “With the strategies in place, I think w can maintain our position next year, but we need to be more focus in our target and monitor the situation more frequently, not just annually, but monthly,” he said. - Bernama