Tarikh/Date	:	18/02/2003
Versi 		:	ENGLISH
Penyampai	:  	PM 

       The  Non-Aligned  Movement (NAM) was  formed  over
   four decades ago out of a need for a political grouping
   for  developing countries to safeguard their interests.
   To  remain  relevant NAM must also focus  on  fostering
   greater economic cooperation and trade linkages amongst
   NAM member countries.
   2.    The  time  has come when the private sector  must
   assume  a greater role in fostering cooperation  within
   NAM  through  economic activities.  Private-sector  led
   initiative  needs to be developed to set  the  momentum
   for growth in business.
   3.   The contribution of NAM member countries to global
   trade  indicate  that  the  potential  for  trade   and
   business  collaboration has yet to be  fully  realised.
   NAM  member countries in 2001 accounted for  US$  880.5
   billion  or only 14.3% of world exports and  US$  736.9
   billion  or 11.4% of world imports. Taking into account
   the  number of countries that are members of  NAM,  the
   present  share  of world trade is not  significant.  To
   accelerate   the  pace  of  growth  in  trade,   member
   countries  must  intensify  efforts  to  identify   and
   develop new areas of economic cooperation.
   4.    "Showcase  Malaysia 2003" and  "Malaysia  Tourism
   Fair  2003"  brings  together a cross  section  of  the
   products  and  services  available  in  Malaysia.   The
   intention is to create awareness of the potential  that
   exists  for  expanding trade and economic collaboration
   amongst business communities of NAM member countries.
   5.    The  possibility of having a NAM Trade Exhibition
   in conjunction with future NAM summits, to showcase the
   products and services that are available in NAM  member
   countries  should be explored. Such an  exhibition  can
   contribute  towards strengthening linkages between  the
   business communities of NAM member countries.
   6.   Tourism can also be a catalyst for economic growth
   and  interaction. Malaysia Tourism Fair 2003  has  been
   organised  to coincide with the NAM summit, to  provide
   delegates  the  opportunity to see  the  rich  cultural
   heritage  of  the  country.  The  tourism  industry  is
   becoming  an  increasingly  important  sector  to   the
   Malaysian economy, as, I believe it can be to most  NAM
   member  countries.  Tourism is especially important  as
   it  enables  other  people  to  really  know  what  our
   countries  and people are really like.  This in  itself
   is  important  for  closer relations  between  the  NAM
   countries.  Towards the end we should facilitate travel
   to  our  countries by reducing bureaucratic  procedures
   and encouraging our travel and tour agencies to promote
   each other's country.
   7.    The  114 countries of NAM offer a large potential
   for  trade and investments. The private sector must  be
   innovative  in  capitalising  on  these  opportunities.
   Apart  from using conventional tools to establish trade
   links, the private sector must be creative in exploring
   alternative  arrangements like counter trade,  contract
   manufacturing and joint venture investments to  exploit
   the business potentials within NAM member countries.
   8.    The  organisation of trade missions and  business
   visits to member countries could facilitate building of
   stronger  private sector linkages.  Packaged visits  to
   member  countries  can provide a better  insight  of  a
   country's development, business environment as well  as
   trade and investment potential.
   9.    While  governments  will  continuously  seek  new
   avenues to establish and strengthen economic links with
   member  countries,  I would like to  urge  the  private
   sector,  including the trade and industry  associations
   in  the  NAM  countries,  to  initiate  programmes  and
   activities  to explore the opportunities  for  business
   collaboration   with   your   counterparts   in   these
   10.   With  the  necessary feedback  from  the  private
   sector,    governments    can    facilitate    business
   collaboration   and  investments,  by   providing   the
   enabling  environment  that is conducive  for  business
   activities to expand and flourish.
   11.    Malaysia  sees  the  potential  of  NAM  members
   contributing  towards alleviating  and  mitigating  any
   negative   impact  of  globalisation,   while   working
   synergistically  to benefit from the  positive  effects
   through economic activities.
   12.   While trade liberalisation measures initiated  by
   WTO  and the advent of globalisation has opened up  new
   markets, it has also intensified competition. No nation
   can be competitive in everything, but through trade and
   investment collaboration, NAM member countries will  be
   able  to  build on each other's strength to compete  in
   the  markets of the world.  Already the developed North
   is  taking advantage of the low costs in the  South  to
   remain competitive in the market place.
   13.  Today, 83 members of NAM countries are members  of
   the WTO.  Working together NAM member countries can  be
   an  influential  group  in  addressing  issues  in  the
   multilateral negotiations at the WTO so as to safeguard
   the interest of developing countries.
   14.    The  possibility  of  establishing  links  among
   regional  groupings  should also  be  examined,  as  an
   avenue  to foster economic cooperation among NAM member
   countries.  Within  NAM,  we have  members  of  various
   regional  groupings  like ASEAN,  Arab  Common  Market,
   Economic   Community  of  West  African  States,   Gulf
   Cooperation   Council,  South  Asian  Association   for
   Regional   Cooperation   and   the   Southern   African
   Development  Community.  These linkages should  provide
   the    avenues   for   mutually   beneficial   business
   15.   It  is  my hope that Showcase Malaysia  2003  and
   Malaysia  Tourism  Fair 2003 will  result  in  fruitful
   business  exchanges for the mutual benefit of  all  NAM
   members   and   will   serve  as  a  catalyst   towards
   strengthening further economic ties between NAM  member
   16.   On  this  note  I hereby declare  open  "Showcase
   Malaysia 2003" and "Malaysia Tourism Fair 2003".

   Sumber : Pejabat Perdana Menteri