ANKARA: Malaysian and Turkish officials from both the government and private sectors today signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in various fields in the presence of the two countries’ leaders.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his host, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, witnessed the signing at the Presidential Complex here, paving the way for further cooperation and the sharing of knowledge in the fields of science, defence, technology and education.
The MoUs were signed in conjunction with the official visit by Ismail, who arrived in the republic on Tuesday.
Among the signatories were the health ministries of both countries; Malaysia’s ministry of communications and multimedia with the directorate of communications of Turkiye; and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) with the Scientific and Technological Research Institution of Turkiye (Tubitak).
MIGHT also signed an MoU with the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), followed by SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd with TUYAR Mikroelektronik AŞ; MA Analytics Sdn Bhd with Makina Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKE) and NS Corporation with TAI.
TAI and MIGHT are in collaboration to facilitate the transfer of relevant aerospace technology, knowledge and know-how to Malaysia, capitalising on Turkiye and TAI’s 50 years’ experience in the aerospace industry.
The technology transfer will assist Malaysia to migrate from maintenance, repair and overhaul activities into a full production capacity with the aim of making Malaysia an OEM country emulating the technology evolution process that Turkiye has successfully gone through.
Similarly, TAI and NS Corporation will collaborate on the development of NS Aerospace Valley (NSAV) and Unmanned Vehicle Valley (UVV) in Negeri Sembilan.
The UVV will house the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) and Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) manufacturing plant.
Ismail said the two countries were now in the final round of the Malaysia-Turkiye Free Trade Agreement (Mifta) scope expansion negotiations which covers new sectors such as investment, services, and e-commerce.
“In terms of investment, I appreciate the confidence of Turkish investors in Malaysia. I am also confident the Mifta scope expansion would open up more two-way investment opportunities,” he said at a joint press conference with Erdogan.