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Malaysia and Japan Forge Stronger Ties to Propel Construction Tech Forward

By May 20, 2024No Comments
Malaysia and Japan Forge Stronger Ties to Propel Construction Tech Forward

In a pivotal development aimed at advancing the construction sector, Malaysia and Japan have pledged to intensify their cooperation in technology and digitalisation. This commitment was voiced during a key meeting in late April in Tokyo between Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi and Japan’s Deputy Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, Kokuba Konosuke.

The discussions, reflecting ongoing strong bilateral relations since their establishment 65 years ago, centred on enhancing collaboration, particularly in road infrastructure and slope management. Both nations are keen to advance information sharing, maintenance strategies, and the overall exchange of technical expertise.

Nanta highlighted that this initiative aligns perfectly with Malaysia’s National Construction Policy 2030, which focuses on digitalising the construction sector. He further emphasised that the synergy between the technological capabilities of both countries promises advancements in infrastructure projects and mutual benefits for Malaysia and Japan.

Furthermore, the Ministry has invited Japanese participation in two major upcoming events that hold significant relevance to the collaboration. These events, organised by the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), are the Highway Concession Conference from Sept 24-25 and the International Construction Week in November. The participation of Japan in these events will not only showcase their technological prowess but also foster a deeper understanding of their expertise in the Malaysian construction sector.

Looking ahead, Minister Nanta expressed optimism about drafting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the second quarter of 2024. This MoU is anticipated during the Ministry of Works’ events at the World Expo 2025 in Osaka, potentially opening doors for Malaysian firms to explore the Japanese market further in accordance with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

This collaborative effort reinforces the robust diplomatic and economic ties between Malaysia and Japan and sets a foundation for future innovations and advancements in the global construction arena.

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