Big US delegation to visit Malaysia
A 40-member Florida business delegation, the largest from the US in two decades, will be in Malaysia from Feb 27 to March 6, 2005, delegation leader Bernhard Schutte said.
The delegation aims to strengthen commercial ties between Malaysia and the US by finding new suppliers of Malaysians products, exploring partnership to invest in Malaysia or the US and selling more US goods and services in Malaysia.
Called the “Opportunity Malaysia 2005 Trade Mission”, the delegation would visit Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kedah, said Schutte, who is also chief executive officer of Digital Media Network, Inc (DMNI), a leading American information technology company.
Opportunity Malaysia 2005 is a trade mission being organised by the Florida District Export Council, an affiliate volunteer organisation of the US Department of Commerce and DMNI, with the support of Enterprise Florida.
“This is the fourth time I am here. When we do something, we'd like to do it right and have been doing our homework. This is going to be the largest mission in two decades coming to Malaysia from the US,” Schutte said on Friday last week.
“We are bringing some very quality companies with us. One of the companies is the Florida Space Authority, which is the sister company to Nasa,” he added.
Schutte said the reason they were coming was to look for partners in Malaysia into the space business. He said the space business was not only space any longer as it went into many different directions like tourism, biotechnology, information technology transportation and education.
“One of the important fields they want to be involved in here is the education field. We visited the Higher Education Minister (Datuk Dr Shafie Salleh) and received a very positive response,” he said.
Schutte said the minister, who recognised the importance of space education, would arrange for a meeting with the top guns in the country who are interested in the space business, when the Florida Space Authority comes here.
Florida Space Authority, headed by its executive director Captain Winston Scott (a former Nasa astronaut), is seeking partnerships and joint ventures in the space industry. – Bernama
Source: The Star (Malaysia)