2009-10-20

Malaysia Global Business Forum — Bosnia Herzegovina to be held in November

A forum aimed at exposing and exploring business opportunities in Bosnia-Herzegovina will be held in Malaysia from Nov 8 to 11.

The Malaysia Global Business Forum — Bosnia Herzegovina, organised by Glenreagh Sdn Bhd, will be held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

Glenreagh managing director Nordin Abdullah said yesterday Bosnia-Herzegovina had been reported as one of the faster growing economies in South Eastern Europe, with a steady growth of five per cent per year since 2000.

“Bosnia-Herzegovina is one of the most stable countries in Europe. In addition, it will enter the European Union (EU) in a few years.

“Bosnia-Herzegovina is the gateway to the European market. However, there is not enough business going on in Bosnia-Herzegovina by Malaysian companies,” he told a press conference held at BCCK yesterday.

He pointed out that ‘halal’ food and renewable energy were the two key areas that businesses in Malaysia could consider in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In order to further enhance that strong relationship between Malaysia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, various joint ventures between the two nations had been established, said Nordin.

For instance, Nordin said, the cooperation could be seen in the area of higher education, information technology and transportation.

“Besides, Bosnia-Herzegovina is a culturally diverse country which is very similar to Malaysia. I believe that the cultural similarity would be an advantage for Malaysian businesses,” he said.

The four-day forum would see the presence of heads of states and trade ministers while the most prominent figure would be former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Nordin.

He explained that Dr Mahathir who during his tenure as the prime minister had been instrumental in providing the much needed support for Bosnia-Herzegovina and its people.

“Among the renowned speakers and presenters expected at the forum is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who will be the keynote speaker at the dinner.

“From Bosnia-Herzegovina are Bosnia Bank International chief executive officer Amer Bukvic and Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia-Herzegovina secretary general Tarik Dodic,” he said.

For further information on the Malaysia Global Business Forum — Bosnia-Herzegovina, members of the public can visit the official website at www.malaysiaglobalbusinessforum.com

Also present at the press conference was BCCK chief executive Trevor McCartney.