Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Malaysia Services Exhibition 2011

Construction companies from Malaysia will display their internationally demonstrated capabilities in infrastructure development at the fourth Malaysia Services Exhibition (MSE 2011) held from April 17 to 20, will be held together with City Build 2011 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Hall 9 and 10, Thiry companies, specialising in construction and associated services, are participating in the exhibition, with the aim to identify potential partnerships and assume a greater role in developmental projects across the Middle East and adjoining regions.

MSE 2011 follows the success of the previous such exhibitions held in Sharjah 2008, Dubai, 2009 and 2010. The exhibition, organised by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), will bring a range of services from 6 industry clusters, bearing the Malaysian hallmark of excellence, under a single roof.

The construction cluster at MSE 2011 will include service providers that have lead Malaysia's successful forays into the global construction market. Together these companies have completed a big numbers of projects in the Middle East and worldwide as well. According to the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), a government agency in charge of promoting, stimulating and facilitating the export of Malaysia constructions services, between 1986 to 2010, 652 Malaysian companies were awarded projects in 49 countries including India ($5.05bn); Saudi Arabia ($3.49bn); United Arab Emirates ($3.18bn); Qatar ($8.09bn); and Libya ($5.27bn).

Among projects secured included building infrastructure, roads and highways, railways and bridges, oil & gas, water treatment and power plants, residential, airports, mixed development projects including housing, hotels, and leisure and luxury residences.

The construction sector continues to be an essential element of the Malaysian economy, lending strength and capability to a host of economic sectors while supporting the social development of the country through the provision of basic infrastructure. With the rapid growth of construction on a global scale, more and more Malaysian construction companies are venturing abroad to fuel their business growth. Their involvement in Malaysia's mega projects in the country as well as abroad, has nurtured the capabilities and expertise of Malaysian contractors.

The strengths of Malaysian construction companies are in the areas of construction of buildings, roads and highways, railways, bridges and airports, toll concession, water treatment and power plants, steel structure fabrication and installation, mixed development projects including housing, hotels, leisure and luxury residences as well as building maintenance, including for high-rise towers.

Matrade Dubai's senior trade commissioner, Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud said that MSE 2011 will be an excellent opportunity for countries in the Middle East, North Africa and CIS to source quality services from Malaysia and sustain growth of their infrastructure.

"Infrastructure development is getting increasingly diverse and ambitious in Mena and CIS with houses, hotels, ports, airports, utilities, telecommunication projects and mass transit systems being built at breakneck speed. Malaysia has successfully developed and exported its construction expertise in recent years and Malaysian companies can provide support to governments, planners and developers far and near to meet the demands of growing populations and heightened commercial activity," noted Datuk Dzulkifli.

Malaysian contractors have successfully completed infrastructure projects in the GCC, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Boznia-Herzegovina and Sudan, the most notable of them being Bahrain's Formula 1 circuit, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the New Doha International Airport, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Maharashtra (India) and Cambodia's Siem Reap International Airport. Malaysian companies are also competent in different modes of project implementation including conventional, design and build, turnkey and build-operate-transfer.

"Malaysian construction companies are keen to forge partnerships and strengthen their presence in the Middle East as the region is launching exciting and challenging development initiatives. MSE 2011 will provide them a platform to network with existing and potential partners as well as expand throughout the region," Datuk Dzulkifli added.

Participating companies will be under the lead agency, Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) and Collaborator, Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM).

Other industry clusters represented at MSE 2011 are: Professional Services, Energy and Power Generation (Engineering, Architect, Interior Design, Urban Planner, Landscaper, Energy and Power Generation), Construction and Related Services, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Oil and Gas, Specialised Training & Business Services and Environment Management Services.

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