LANZHOU – China’s Gansu Province has requested for direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to its capital Lanzhou, to facilitate trade with Malaysia.
The request was made by Gansu Provincial Committee Vice Governor, Song Liang to Second International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.
“The direct flight from Kuala Lumpur can boost trade between Gansu Province and Malaysia by leveraging on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),” Song said in his speech during the Malaysia-China (Gansu) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference, here.
Also present were Malaysia External Trade Development Corp Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ir Dr Mohd Shahreen Zainooreen Madros, Malaysia Investment Development Authority CEO, Datuk Azman Mahmud and Deputy Director General of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr Lim Weng Soon.
The conference, themed, “Jointly Advancing Belt and Road Initiative To Promote Mutual-Winning Cooperation”, was held on the sidelines of the 23rd China Lanzhou Investment and Trade Fair (CLITF), which runs from today until July 9.
Lanzhou, an industrial city with a population of about three million, is located northwest of Gansu province and about 1,505 km southwest of Beijing.
The BRI is an initiative mooted by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a development strategy that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among various countries, apart from boosting trade between countries by providing infrastructure such as ports, railways and highways.
Ong, who was on a working visit to the province told Bernama, he welcomed the idea of the direct flights and will meet Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to discuss further the request.
“This is a very good idea as Lanzhou is an area full of potential in terms of trade exchanges and business opportunities,” he said.
Ong is leading a Malaysian delegation to to promote Malaysian halal products and services at CLITF which was inaugurated in 1993 and has grown into a significant economic and trade exchange platform for the BRI countries.
The event has 90 representatives from 31 Malaysian companies and various governmental organisations participating.- BERNAMA