Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) under the Reverse Linkage (RL) programme, has released a comprehensive directory that lists Malaysian expertise who are able provide capacity development solutions to all countries including IsDB member countries.
The Mapping Malaysia’s Resource Centres (MMRC) Directory contains information of Malaysian Organisations (referred to as Resource Centres) comprising institutions, agencies and companies.
The directory constitutes Malaysia’s participation in the IsDB Reverse Linkage Programme, a South-South Cooperation (SSC) mechanism that addresses specific development solutions in IsDB Member Countries. It facilitates a mutually beneficial arrangement between countries in need and provider countries, allowing for transfer and provision of expertise, knowledge and technology.
As the appointed focal point for Reverse Linkage Programme involving Malaysia, MATRADE co-ordinates the participation of both public and private sectors alongside IsDB and the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (MOF). MATRADE’s publication of the MMRC directory enlisted more than 60 Resource Centres from various sectors among others which include construction and related services, aerospace and MRO, agriculture and R&D, oil & gas related services and information and communication technology (ICT).
In addition to a record of high performance, these Resource Centres have been identified based on their impeccable work ethic and willingness to acquire, share and strengthen knowledge within their respective fields. Several of these Resource Centres have successfully participated in Reverse Linkage projects. For example, in 2016, a project on sustainable rice production in Suriname was undertaken to help the country to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency in rice production and increase the export of high-quality rice.
Malaysia’s participation in the Reverse Linkage programme and publication of the MMRC directory are part of a concerted effort to induce sustainability and elevate prosperity amongst SSC. Forging these strategic partnerships will open mutually beneficial trade avenues with other IsDB Member Countries in addition to spurring Malaysia’s growth. This would be useful reference for companies to identify partners to undertake projects locally and abroad.
The publication of the MMRC is another landmark in the longstanding partnership between Malaysia and the IsDB. This cooperation is further strengthened through the transformation of the IsDB Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur, which was established in 1994, to a centre of excellence serving as a gateway between Malaysia and other member countries of the IsDB facilitating the exchange of development solutions including know-how, technology, tools, and investments in Islamic Finance, Halal Industry, Science Technology and Innovation (STI), Reverse Linkage and Resources Mobilisation
The MMRC directory can be accessed for free on MATRADE’s e-book viewing platform at http://www.matrade.gov.my/documents/ebook/mmrc/, alongside with numerous publications related to international trade and working with Malaysian businesses.