Glenreagh Organizes Turkey Business Matching Forum

  • 1-21-2010



The Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur recently was the meeting place for a strong delegation from the Republic of Turkey who was in Malaysia for a three day business mission.  The delegation is seeking to make contacts with leading Malaysian businesses in the food sector.

This visit follows closely the delegation which recently came to explore the Free Trade Agreement initiative between Malaysia and Turkey.  The leader of the FTA delegation, Director-General of European Union Affairs at the Under secretariat of Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade of Turkey Husnu Dilemre, recently stated, "We are going to start with Malaysia first and other Asean countries could take this as an example." he said, adding that “Turkey is set to launch FTA talks with South Korea after a couple of initial talks.”  Turkey is using Malaysia as the platform to reach out to other South East Asian countries.


Pictured from left and the exchange of Memorandums of Understanding are Mr Mesut Ulantis, Ministry of Agriculture Turkey , Mr Mesut Kose, Deputy Undersecretary of Minstry of Agriculture, Mr Turgay Unlu of OAiB, Leader of the Delegation from Turkey, Tan Sri Datuk Soong Siew Hoong, Executive Advisor of The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce of Malaysia, Mr Hasan Onal, Comercial Counsellor for the Embassy of the Replic of Turkey and Mr Yasin,  First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.

Wheat Flour is the leading product that will be represented at this Business Matching and Industry Briefing which has been jointly arranged between the Central Anatolian Exporters Union (OIAB) of Turkey, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, local Chambers of Commerce and the Malaysia Global Business Forum.  “The response for this business matching and industry briefing has been overwhelming with over 250 Malaysian companies from who have travelled to the event.  Companies from as far away as Perlis and Sarawak, even two international companies from Singapore have registered to be part of the business matching sessions which will run for the whole day.” stated Nordin Abdullah, Managing Director of Malaysia Global Business Forum. 

Nordin went on to say “It is focused events like this which pave the way for Malaysian businessmen to make genuine contacts with international players that will help to take Malaysia and Malaysian products to the world.  These events are also a precursor to the larger Malaysia Global Business Forum which is will be held in Kuching, Sarawak between 7 -10 November where there are five candidate countries.”


Mr Geofrey Williams, Malaysia Global Business Forum International Development Manager & Datuk Dr Zainol Aznam Yusof, Advisor to the National Economic Council at the Turkey Business Matching & Industry Briefing, Renassaince Hotel , Kuala Lumpur 26 January, 2010-02-03

Speaking at The Industry Briefing which started the morning’s event, Datuk Dr Zainal Aznam Yusof, Advisor to the National Economic Council, stated how the  National Economic Council was looking closely at how Malaysia can develop strong economic ties with nations like Turkey.  This is because Turkey is seen as a gateway to the European Union while still being closely aligned to the Middle East.   Datuk Dr Zainal took this opportunity to give a warm welcome to the visiting Turkish Delegation.

A number of Memorandum of Understanding were signed with the delegation from Turkey for co-operation on the development of business ties.


Pictured at the MoU signing at the Gala Dinner are from left, Mr Turgay Unlu, OAiB, Datuk Dr Rebecca Sta Maria, Deputy Secretary General of MITI, Dr Leong Kai Hin,  PhD, President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Klang, Mr Andrew Goh Boon Kim, Vice President of Klang Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry and also National Council Member of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry Malaysia.

Nearly 200 local and international delegates attended the Gala Dinner where they were entertained by cultural dancers from both Malaysia and Turkey.  A highlight of the evening was the serving of traditional Turkish ice cream and a wide range of Turkish delicacies were prepared by an internationally renowned Turkish chef. 

Turkey is one of the featured countries at this year’s Malaysia Global Business Forum to be held in Kuching Sarawak in November 2010.

Picture below is Glenreagh Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Nordin Abudllah with the Guest of Honour at the Dinner, Datuk Dr. Rebecca Sta Maria from MITI.


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