Malaysian firms are interested in investing in wastewater treatment and eco-tourism in the Kingdom, sectors in line with the country’s bid to boost bilateral trade and strengthen ties with the Kingdom.
Malaysian Ambassador Eldeen Husaini bin Mohd Hashim to Cambodia yesterday met with Environment Minister Say Samal at the ministry to discuss strengthening relations.
Mr Eldeen Husaini said during the meeting that bilateral ties between both countries are strong and Malaysia has many MoUs on cooperation with Cambodia.
“We now have almost 500 Malaysian companies in Cambodia,” he said. “Of course, we are here to look into levels of cooperation and skills and one area of cooperation we are looking at is wastewater management to protect the environment.”
Eang Sophalleth, a secretary of state at the Environment Ministry, said after the meeting that both parties discussed strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation, especially on environmental issues.
“Mr Eldeen Husaini told Mr Samal that Malaysia is looking into the management of the environment sector and its businessmen are keen to invest in wastewater treatment plants and eco-tourism,” he said.
Mr Sophalleth said Mr Eldeen Husaini also invited Mr Samal to attend a biodiversity forum to be held in Malaysia in March.
He said that in response, Mr Samal told Mr Eldeen Husaini that he welcomes Malaysian investors who are interested to invest in wastewater treatment plant and eco-tourism.
“Mr Samal told the ambassador that eco-tourism is growing in the Kingdom and attracts national and international tourists,” Mr Sophalleth said. “He also said that Malaysian-Cambodian ventures need not only be confined to attract tourists to Cambodia but also organise trips to sites in neighbouring countries.”
He added that Mr Sam al agreed to attend the meeting in March.