RECODA’s Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot was invited to be a panelist during MIDA’s Specialized Building Materials Supply Chain Conference held at MIDA Sentral Kuala Lumpur on March 16th 2017.
The conference,  officiated by the honorable Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) provided a platform for local building materials manufacturers as well as professional service providers to be part of mega development projects in the country.
During the conference, the minister acknowledged the current misperceptions on mega-projects in the country and stated that Malaysia, as a trading nation, was committed to an open economy.
“We welcome both domestic and foreign investments that meet our aspirations of becoming a developed economy. The much noise revolving around these mega-projects certainly does not do justice to the spill-over benefits that it will bring to Malaysia over the next decade.
“Notably, the development and construction activities of Forest City, for example, will involve around RM1.2 billion worth of businesses to 32 local contractors and more than 100 suppliers for its initial phase of two years under its local sourcing programme.
“This is certainly in line with the Government’s focus on sourcing locally as it strengthens the trade as well as current account,” said the Minister.
Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot presented on the connectivity factor of the Mukah airport project and its significance to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative.
He highlighted that as Mukah is situated at the mid-point of the SCORE area, the development of the project is paramount to the greater scope of SCORE plan.
Also present were Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Dato’ Ir. Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid, Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
With the theme ‘Bridging Gaps, Building Opportunities’, the one day event also featured the signing of three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between Forest City with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kumpulan Pendidikan Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (KPYPJ) and Lafarge.