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Malaysia, India bilateral ties can be closer

Bilateral relationship between Malaysia and India can be strengthened further, especially in the areas of economics and tourism, Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa said. Opulentus Malaysia“We want more private sector presence in India,” he said. The government would help the private sector where possible, he said during a dialogue session with Malaysian businesses in India. Also present was Malaysian High Commissioner to India, Datuk Tan Seng Sung. “The bilateral trade target between Malaysia and India is US$15 billion by 2015, but I think we can do more, this is a big market,” he said. Ali, who is here for the biennial Conference of the Com monwealth Association for Public Administration and Management, said New Delhi and Kuala Lumpur can also share the best practices of both countries in the development of cities. Among the private sector representatives were Mitco Labuan India Pvt Ltd’s chief executive officer, Roney Zaidell; Scomi Engineering’s country president for India, Kanesan Velupillai; Malaysia Airlines’ general manager for North India, Mohamed Sathik Ali; UEM Group’s country head for India, Muhinder Singh; and IJM (India) Infrastructure Ltd’s general manager, Chang Cheen Ying. Last year, the total trade between Malaysia and India rose by almost 33 per cent to hit US$12.5 billion. Malaysia's exports to India increased by about 35 per cent to US$9.3 billion while imports rose by almost 28 per cent to US$3.3 billion. Source: http://www.nst.com.my/latest/malaysia-india-bilateral-ties-can-be-closer-1.160871#

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