The Bahrain Society of Engineers (BSE) hosted a high-level engineering delegation from Malaysia.
The visit of the Malaysians was organized in co-operation with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Bahrain Council and included engineers and owners of engineering companies. It is part of the BSE’s objectives and plans to expand the exchange of experience and knowledge among engineers, companies and consulting offices in Bahrain and their counterparts in other countries.
Malaysian Ambassador to Bahrain Aghas Salim Yousef thanked the BSE, which worked to organize the event. He said this indicates the BSE’s interest in helping contribute to the development and progress of Bahrain’s engineering sector.
He said such meetings could open a window to form partnerships, business relations and joint ventures between companies and engineering offices in Malaysia and Bahrain. He said his country is always looking to establish such relations, especially since Bahrain is looking at development and growth in all sectors.
In his remarks, ASEAN Bahrain Council Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Isa Al Khalifa said they are pleased to cooperate with the BSE and organize the meeting aimed at discussing cooperation opportunities.
Sheikh Daij said the ASEAN Bahrain Council is working to be the leading voice of Bahrain’s private sector by enhancing mutually beneficial trade and investment relations with ASEAN countries by creating an attractive investment environment.
He said they are working on plans to increase trade, investment, tourism and cultural relations, which would positively reflect on the development of Bahrain’s economy and strengthen relations. “This would enable us to make Bahrain a regional centre for the ASEAN countries."
Sheikh Daij praised the hosting of such events and said these help develop beneficial relations between countries, especially in commercial and private projects.
BSE President Dr. Dheya Abdul Aziz Tawfiqi praised the importance of the meeting, the first of its kind. He said it aimed to enhance trade and professional relations between Malaysian engineering companies and offices and their counterparts in Bahrain.
Dr. Tawfiqi invited the two sides to take advantage of this opportunity provided and learn about each other’s experiences, while building bridges of trade and investment. He said Malaysia is the third largest economy in South East Asia, with its gross domestic product (GDP) reaching more than $ 1 trillion.
The country, he said, is also rich in agro-industries, gas and oil, making it a high-potential destination for establishing commercial and engineering relations. He said there are opportunities for the implementation of engineering projects. There are approximately 200 engineering offices registered in Bahrain and this could open the door for professional relations between Bahraini and Malaysian engineering companies.