MITI, MSPC, MPC Hold Dialogue For Engineering Fraternity

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) – The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the Malaysia Productivity Corporation and the Malaysia Services Providers Confederation (MSPC) have jointly organised a dialogue session with the engineering fraternity Friday.

In a statement, MITI said, among other things, the dialogue aimed to come up with strategies to boost the competitiveness of the local engineering service providers and to increase their contribution to exports.

MSPC President, Choo Kok Beng, said Malaysian engineers and engineering firms had been facing issues such as the lack of capital for growth and expansion and the outflow of local talents to the overseas market.

"We need to take drastic and strategic actions to improve productivity of the Malaysian engineering consultancy firms,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, said the liberalisation of the services sector, particularly in engineering services, would create opportunities such as greater market access for local engineers and entrepreneurs.

He said that liberalisation also provided opportunities for domestic joint ventures as well as collaboration in overseas ventures.

The dialogue was attended by about 100 participants from the engineering fraternity, comprising engineers, engineering technologists and technicians.