Wet-Port Visit Report
A. Ports in Malaysia
Prior to the Port Privatisation Act 1990, Malaysian ports were managed and operated by the government. Post-implementation of the Act, the government role has become focused as a regulatory body, and private operators manage the commercial operations of ports. Following table illustrates the structure of the port industry in Malaysia:
C. Day 1: Address by Indian High Commissioner in Malaysia
We had the opportunity to interact with his highness “Mr. Vijay K. Gokhale” High Commissioner who dealt in detail the various aspects of Indo-Malaysia Trade relation . He presented his views on the present status of Indian trade relationship with Malaysia and Challenges that Indian Traders will come across in the future.
Some of the salient points mentioned are:
* Malaysia is the second largest trading partner for India within ASEAN, and India is the largest trading partner for Malaysia from among the countries of the South, excluding China. With the coming-into-force of the ASEAN-India FTA in Goods from 1 January 2010, the bilateral economic engagement is expected to get a further fillip.
* Indian companies have invested about US $ 2 billion, making it the 7th largest investor in Malaysia. Indian companies that made major acquisitions include Reliance Industries Limited, Ballarpur Industries Limited, operating in Malaysia. In addition, there are 60 Indian IT companies operating from Malaysia Larsen & Toubro and WIPRO. There are over 100 Indian companies including 60 Indian joint ventures
* India and Malaysia cooperate in a number of multilateral and regional foras such as UN, NAM, WTO, ASEAN, ARF, East Asia Summit (EAS), Commonwealth, Indian Ocean Rim for Regional Economic Cooperation, etc.
* Indian companies are going to face tough competitions from other countries such as Phillipines, China, Argentina etc as they are emerging as cost effective destination with significant English speaking population. If India need to expand its presence in International market it should keep on innovating. D. The Various Ports of Port Klang
The largest port in Malaysia is Port Klang, located in the state of Selangor. Port Klang is the busiest port in Malaysia because it is the port serving Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and the Klang Valley, the largest conurbation in the country. The Klang Valley surrounds Kuala Lumpur and includes areas such as Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Ampang and more, which can be considered suburbs of KL. Port Klang was founded in 1893. is actually comprised of three separate ports - South Port, North Port and West Port. It is administered by the Klang Port Authority.
1. North Port
North Port can be considered the largest port in Port Klang. It is managed by Northport Corporation Berhad and is the largest container port serving Malaysia. Most of Malaysia's imports and exports are handled through Northport. North Port is located about 40 km from Kuala Lumpur and costs incurred by importers and exporters are usually lower than that of West Port.
2. South Port
South Port is the oldest port and was previously administered by the Malayan Railway Administration. The reason it was administered by the MRA is that the railway line from Kuala Lumpur literally terminated at the South Port. Today, South Port is quieter than the other two ports. Some bulk cargo, ferries and small boats depart from South Port but activity has shifted, to a large extent, elsewhere
3. West Port
West Port is managed by Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd. You can visit their website here. West Port is located a considerable distance from even North Port - it's another 40 km from South Port to West Port. From the above image (obtained from Google Earth) you can observe that West Port isn't that far from North Port as the crow flies. However, West Port is located on an island - Pulau...
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