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Austrade Sees Vast Potential For Malaysia-Australia Tie-Up In Green Technology
September 23, 2010 20:32 PM
By Tengku Noor Shamsiah Tengku Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Australian government's trade and investment development agency, sees great potential for Malaysia and Australia to further collaborate in the green technology industry.
Stating this, its business development manager, Asean infrastructure and mining, oil and gas, Euniece Quek, said both countries would enjoy a win-win situation by enhancing their collaboration in green technology.
On Australia's commitment to green technology, she said the country has placed the issue of climate change as a top priority.
"With Australia as a leader in the sector and Malaysia as a partner, we will be able to reap more benefits in terms of revenues, especially through the existing joint design in the green building," she told Bernama at a roundtable luncheon here on Thursday.
The roundtable was held in conjunction with the World Green Building Week, and updates on the latest development were provided by Malaysia Green Building Confederation committee members.
Also present were Green Building Index Accreditation Panel members Chen Thiam Leong and Looi Hip Peu, Malaysia Green Building Confederation members Henry Lee Inn Seong, Chan Seong Aun and Eu Teng Cheng, who is also Putra Perdana Development Sdn Bhd's senior general manager, and Malaysian Institute of Architects council member Dr Tan Loke Mun.
Others included Robert B. Turnbull of Australia's Industry Capability Network, Spiro Politis, director of Pixelfocus, Austrade's business development manager Jeniffer Liew and Tim Dillon, Commissioner, South East Asia Office, for Australia's Victoria state.
Dillon said it was "a great idea" for Malaysia and Australia to exchange views on building services as Malaysia and South East Asia, which has a population of 557 million, is a phenomenon to Australia.
"In five years' time, it is going to be 644 million people. So to accommodate that kind of economic growth you have to get smart and have sustainable design in buildings that needs to take into account the impact on environment, so there is precedence for Malaysia and Australia to work together," he said.
"Myself, I represent the state of Victoria and I know that there is a lot of interest in Victorian companies coming to Malaysia and working with Malaysian partners to deliver projects not only here but also in other Asean countries," Dillion said.
"If there are projects in Thailand or Vietnam, for instance, we can partner and go in together," he said.