Malaysia – China single window trade initiative

Malaysia and China have agreed to increase high-quality investment in the digital and green economies between the two countries. One of the major focuses is to set up a single window system which enables the seamless digital exchange of trade-related information between customs authorities in both countries.

“The single window trade initiative between Malaysia and China is a strategic step towards enhancing Malaysia’s trade facilitation capabilities and is expected to significantly expedite and streamline the movement of goods while reducing the administrative burden for businesses.

“This will not only support bilateral trade growth, but also nurture economic resilience between Malaysia and China,” said Investment, Trade and Industry Ministry (MIti) Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz.

He added that Miti is committed to working closely with the Finance Ministry and China’s General Administration of Customs to ensure the successful implementation of this single window interoperability to foster a more efficient, transparent, secure and resilient trade environment.

Two out of three MOUs

The single window initiative is part of two new Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that were signed yesterday.

Under the MoU on the digital economy, both countries aim to explore cooperation in the fields of digital infrastructure, including communication networks, smart infrastructure, and smart cities. This would be enabled by artificial intelligence and 5G connectivity in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, business, finance, education, and healthcare, Zafrul added.

The MoU on green development seeks to explore cooperation in clean energy, new energy vehicles, green finance, sustainable infrastructure construction and green technology.

This cooperation includes research and development and the establishment of scientific and technological innovation platforms to accelerate both countries’ green transformation.

The two MoUs are among the three signed by Tengku Zafrul and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao and exchanged three key documents on Wednesday, witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Chinese Premier Li Qiang.

“Malaysia and China are longstanding partners, bound by a rich shared history of cooperation that has successfully translated into strong trade and investment ties,” said Tengku Zafrul.

He added the commitments by both countries in the areas of economy and trade, digital economy and green economy “underscores our mutual commitment to establish stable, reliable and resilient partnerships for our businesses and economy to grow.”

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