Penang As A Gateway To China Through ACFTA (ASEAN China Free Trade Area) (BE/BC)

July 29, 2011 at 11:42pm

Berikut adalah teks ucapan Ketua Menteri di Majlis Pelancaran My Penang, My Work Place yang diadakan pagi tadi.  Teks ucapan dalam versi Bahasa Malaysia sedang diterjemaahkan.  Terima kasih.

 

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Penang Invest Dato' Lee Ka Choon and Ms Loo Lee Lian with CM Lim

 

Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The Launching Of The Rebranded Career Assistance & Talent (CAT) Center New  Website On July 30 2011 At Penang Hill

 

Using Penang As A Gateway To China Through ACFTA (ASEAN China Free Trade Area).

 

Good Morning

 

It is a great pleasure to be up here in Penang Hill, breathing in fresh air while addressing you this morning for the launching of the Career Assistance and Talent (CAT) website. The Career Assistance and Talent (CAT) Centre was rebranded recently to replace the Career Assistance and Training Centre that was set up in the midst of the 2009 economic crisis to assist the retrenched and unemployed workers.

 

Penang experienced considerable economic growth after the recovery from the 2009 global economic crisis achieving estimated gross regional product (GDP) growth of 8.1% in 2010 after a decline of 1.9% in 2009.  This year’s growth is expected to sustain with a forecasted 6.3% increase for this year.

 

Similarly, for the past one-and-a-half years, Penang has benefited from the robust economic growth, not only in investments but also increase in income as well as job creation for the people of Penang.  Amongst some recent achievements:-

 

1.      Penang ranked top in terms of investments approved in 2010. With a total of RM12.2 billion investments approved for the State, Penang accounted for 36% of the total foreign direct investments (FDI) approved for the country in that year. For the first five months of this year, Penang ranks second with RM4.49 billion of investments, of which foreign investments accounts for 28% of FDI approved for the country.

 

2.      Penang Government’s Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) Governance was commended by Transparency International in 2010 for anti-corruption efforts.

 

3.      Three straight years of budget surpluses by the Penang state government earned mentions from the Auditor General’s Report as the best financially managed state in Penang.

 

 

 

4.      Penang was voted as the top 8 islands in the world that “You must see before you die” by Yahoo Travel in February 2011.

 

5.      The Penang International Airport registered the highest arrivals growth amongst the other airports in Malaysia in 2010, recording a 25% increase with 4.1 million arrivals compared with 3.3 million in 2009.

 

6.       Penang tops in Malaysia in Green Initiative, as the first state in Malaysia that has implemented the “everyday is no free plastic bag day” ruling in shopping complexes, hypermarkets, pharmacies, fast food restaurants and chain outlets. The State authorities are going all out to make Penang cleaner and greener through various projects such as coastal cleaning and spring cleaning @ George Town World Heritage Site.

 

7.      Penang is the safest state in Malaysia with the highest reduction of 27% in crime index amongst all states in Malaysia. For the first 6 months of this year, Penang again topped the country in reducing crime by another 26%.

 

8.      Penang is the most liveable city in Malaysia with a vibrant art and culture. 

 

For this reason, Penang is an ideal place not only to live but to work and play. We want to transform Penang into an International City and intelligent city that reaches world-class standards so that we can scale the heights of a high-income economy. Only an international city can we enjoy the benefits of agglomeration - the networking avenues and skills specialization only available in cities.

 

The new investments today no longer look for sizeable supply of manual labour force. On the other hand, these new investments require knowledge-based, specialised and skilled human resource. To cater for these investments and their requirements, Penang hopes to be both the sweat shop of manufacturing to the smart shop of knowledge-based industry. To succeed, Penang must be a talent hub.

 

Penang had experienced a “brain drain” phenomenon in the past decades. Today, we are putting in all efforts to create a reversed situation, to measure up to the ever increasing demands and expectations for knowledge-workers by the investors.  The CAT Centre is the mechanism that has been set up to attract and retain talents in Penang. As a start, a website will be set up to reach out to talents from within and outside Malaysia. 

 

Efforts will continue to be put in to make Penang a liveable city as well as an intelligent city to retain the talents in Penang. As an intelligent city, Penang will evolve towards a strong integration of the 6 dimensions of intelligence as follows:-

 

1.     Human intelligence as the basic unit relates to people in Penang: the expertise, inventiveness and creativity of the individuals who live and work in Penang.

 

2.     Collective intelligence refers to the capacity of human communities to synergistically evolve together through integration, competition, cooperation and collaboration in knowledge and innovation.

 

3.     Digital intelligence is a prerequisite in this modern internet world where broadband is available to the population for communication infrastructure, digital spaces, and online problem-solving tools.

 

4.     Institutional intelligence applies to the techniques and technologies that support and enhance decision and management processes according to rule of law and competent leadership. No point having smart citizens if the leadership is stupid as that will only drive smart people away

 

5.     Integrity intelligence refers to adherence of moral and ethical principles.

 

6.     Residual intelligence refers to the advantages Penang has from its 40 years of experience with top cutting edge technology companies.

 

Nevertheless, we need to reinforce and strengthen these intelligences to make Penang the preferred location for investment and workplace as illustrated in our latest taglines “My Penang, My Choice” and “My Penang, My Workplace”

 

For Penang to succeed in transforming itself into a high-income, international and intelligent city, the hollowing out of Penang’s economy must be reversed. Three critical areas deserve attention.

 

One – building, retaining and attracting human talent. Human talent is the fuel of the 21st century. Making Penang a talent hub that stresses on performance, productivity as well as proficiency in English and technology is a prerequisite for a high-income economy.

 

Two – establishing Penang as a centre of excellence for science and technology. There is no doubt that creativity and innovation generates prosperity and investments. The formation of the Penang Science Council is an important step to rekindle interest in science, nurture scientific minds, mentor technopreneurs and inspire innovation. Amongst the major projects is the RM128 million Penang Tech Centre that demonstrates the state government’s commitment to rely on science and technology as an engine and catalyst for growth.

 

Thirdly is taking full advantage of globalization in connecting and networking with other international partners across borders. Penang’s position as a cosmopolitan city with 200 years of international exposure is valuable. Further the implementation of the ACFTA (ASEAN China Free Trade Area) agreement is considered one the world’s largest free trade agreements.

 

As of January 2010, it encompassed 1.9 billion people, had a combined GDP of US$6.6 trillion and total trade amounted to US$4.3 trillion. Under the ACFTA, more than 9,000 products imported from China to Malaysia are duty-free while China will reduce tariffs on more than 7,000 products from ASEAN.

 

Besides manufactured goods, the agreement also covers services and investment. Hence, there are opportunities for many MNCs to increase local content of their products to be above 40% to take advantage of the ACFTA so that products can be shipped from Penang, Malaysia into China.

 

Let everyone including MNCs and SMEs consider Penang as a reliable location that protects your investment and yet serve as a gateway to China through the ACFTA.

 

I would like to thank the companies that are participating in the CAT website, the talents who have come forward to share their stories as well as all the guests who are present today. With this, I officially launch the Penang Career Assistance and Talent Website. Thank you.

 

LIM GUAN ENG

 

 

 

 

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槟州首席部长林冠英于2011年7月30日在升旗山为就业及人才中心(CAT)更名新网页主持启用礼的致词重点如下:

 

让槟城成为通往中国 - 东盟自贸区(中国东盟自贸协议)的门户。 

 

今天我们在升旗山为就业援助和人才(CAT)中心网页主持启用礼,这是取代就业援助和培训(CAT)中心的品牌重塑,就业援助和培训中心成立于2009年的经济危机,以协助被裁退和失业人员。

 

自从2009年的经济危机复苏后,槟城拥有可观的经济增长,虽然2009年的生产总值下降1.9%,但2010年的估计生产总值(GDP)增长了8.1%,今年预计将保持6.3%的增长率。

 

过去的一年半,槟州从强劲的经济增长中得意益,不仅在投资方面,槟民的收入以及就业创造机会也有所增,最近的一些成就包括:-

 

1.槟州2010年的投资总额居首,总投资额达到122亿令吉,其中外来直接投资(FDI)占36%。今年的首5个月,槟州也写下44亿9000万令吉的全国第二多投资额,外来直接投资占28%。

 

2.槟州政府的能力,问责和透明度(CAT)制度和反贪行动于2010年获得国际组织的表扬。

 

3.槟州政府连续3年创下盈余记录,并获得总稽查司报告评为最佳财务管理州属典范。

 

4.雅虎旅游于2011年2月选出“死前必须要去一次的10大岛屿”,槟城排名第8。

 

5.槟城国际机场于2010年写下全马最高访客增长率,达到4400万人次,相比2009年的3300万人次,共增加了25%。

 

6.槟州提倡绿色环境,全马首个在购物广场、霸级市场、药店、快餐店和连锁店执行“日日无塑料袋”的行动,州政府正全力以赴,通过各种项目,如沿海清洁大扫除和乔治城古迹区打扫活动。

 

7.槟州是全国最安全的州属,犯罪率下降27%为全马之冠,今年首6个月,槟城安全指数再次居首,比起同期罪犯率下降了减26%。

 

8.槟州是全马最适合居住的城市,融合了朝气艺术和文化。

 

因此,槟州不仅是生活的好居所,也是工作和娱乐的理想场所,我们要转型为国际和智能型城市,达到世界一流水平,使我们生活在一个高收入的经济规模,在网络和技能专业化的城市,我们才能享受生活的国际城市的好处。

 

现今的新投资不再是劳力供应,而是转为知识型、专业和技术熟练的人力资源,为了应付新投资者的需求,要取得成功,槟州必须是一个人才枢纽。

 

过去几十年,槟城经历了“人才外流”现象;今天,我们将尽力逆转劣势,增加投资者期待和需求的知识型人力资源, CAT中心就是将吸引和留住人才在槟州的机制。作为一个开始,我们将设立一个网站,以接触国内外的人才。

 

我们将继续努力将槟城打造为一个适宜居住的城市,同时也是能保留人才的智能城市,作为一个智能城市,槟州将融合以下6大元素:-

 

1.人类的智慧是结合槟民的基本元素,即拥有专业知识、有创造和创新力并居住在槟州的人们。

2.集体智慧是指人类社会的能力,通过融合知识和创新力、竞争和合作,协同进化。

3.智能数码是现代互联网世界的先决条件,就是宽带通信的基础设施,数码空间和在线解决问题的工具。

4.机构智慧适用的工艺和技术,以支持和加强决策和管理过程。根据主管领导法则,没必要拥有聪明的公民,如果领导是愚蠢的话,那只会赶走聪明的人。

5.智慧的整合,指的是道德和伦理原则的坚持。

6.剩余的智慧,指槟城40多年在尖端技术工业经验的优势。

 

然而,我们需要巩固和加强这些智慧,使槟城成为投资和工作的首选地点,在我们最新的标语“槟城,我的选择,我理想工作环境”。槟州要成功转型为一个高收入和智能型的国际城市,有3个关键领袖值得关注。

 

一:建设、留住和吸引人才。人才是21世纪的燃料,要将槟州打造为人才枢纽,就要强调表现、生产力、精通英语和科技,这是高收入经济体的一个先决条件。

 

二:建立槟州为优越的科学和科技中心。创造力和创新带来繁荣和投资,槟城科学理事会的成立,是要培养大众对科学的兴趣、培养科学的头脑、指导科技企业和激励创新,槟城科技中心1亿2800万令吉的主要工程,就展示了州政府对培育科技人才的承诺。

 

三:充分利用全球化的优势,以链接跨国的国际合作伙伴网络。槟城作为具有200多年的国际视野的国际大都会,是有价值的,并进一步实施中国东盟自贸协议,这是世界上最大的自由贸易协定。截至2010年1月,这项协议涵盖了19亿人口,结合了6.6兆美元的生产总值(GDP)和4.3兆美元的贸易总额,在这项协议下,超过9000项中国进口产品免税,而中国将减少7000多种来自东盟国家产品的税务。

 

除了制成品,该协议还包括服务和投资。因此,这是许多跨国公司在产品内增加本地含量40%以上的优势,使产品从槟州、马来西亚运至中国。让每个人,包括跨国公司和中小企业视槟州为一个可靠、能保护投资的场地,并善用槟州成为通往中国东盟自贸区的门户。谢谢。