Press Release Summary: A celebration of the flourishing relations between Malaysia and Denmark.
Press Release Body: Petaling Jaya, 10 December 2007: The Royal Danish Embassy of Kuala Lumpur (Embassy), together with the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) as its appointed Local Focal Point (LFP) celebrated another proud milestone in propagating successful commercial sustainable partnerships with the signing of a Partnership Implementation Agreement (PIA) between two pairs of Malaysian-Danish companies.
Through the efforts of both the Embassy and FMM, Malaysia will stand to see concerted and commercially viable activities from both these partnerships in the areas of water conservation and reduction of water pollutants.
The signing of the agreement today will see EnviDan A/S and Darco Water Systems Sdn Bhd establishing a joint-venture (JV) with the transfer of technology and knowledge to tackle the specific segment of anaerobic treatment of organic heavily polluted wastewater in the bio-diesel and palm oil based industry. The JV company will eventually move onto other untapped areas of wastewater treatment such as in the food processing industry and landfills wastewater.
The main objective in the partnership between Odense Vandselskab A/S (aka Odense Water Ltd) and Taliworks (Langkawi) Sdn Bhd is more in the area of non-revenue water (NRW) which is a huge issue raised by the Malaysian government. The partnership will look into the management of NRW and waterworks energy reduction solutions. The two companies will establish a JV company locally to provide holistic review and evaluation of the existing water supply system to reduce environmental impact including energy use and the conservation of water resources, starting initially in Langkawi.
The signing of the Partnership Implementation Agreement between EnviDan and Darco Water Systems as well as Odense Vandselskab and Taliworks Langkawi is a testament to the close bilateral ties between the Danish Government and Malaysia.
"Our two countries have had a long standing history of collaboration especially in environmental cooperation. Since 1994, Malaysia has seen the fruition of more than one hundred projects to strengthen Malaysia's endeavours to safeguard the environment. These projects have been channelled through government-to-government (G2G) programmes, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and through private companies. We hope to see up further collaborative efforts in the private sector and strengthening the bilateral trade ties between Malaysia and Denmark", said Ambassador Borge Petersen of the Royal Danish Embassy here.
The Ambassador further stressed the need to reinforce the cooperation at ground level to pave the way for more commercially viable and sustainable partnerships that will help contribute towards re-greening the earth and the lessening of global warming. The Embassy, through its Commercial Section has implemented various ground level programmes such as the Malaysian-Danish Water Day Programme for the three consecutive years of 2004 to 2006.
"We are pleased with the results of our joint efforts here in Malaysia to propagate better environmental practices at the governmental level as well as the private sector in Malaysia. Denmark has very ambitious environmental policy goals, and combined with a very demanding home market; it has created Danish companies with cutting edge knowledge of water treatment and management, and the corresponding technologies and products." he concluded.
FMM, who worked together with the Embassy on the implementation of the Partnership Facility Programme (PFP) expressed their appreciation on being the appointed Local Focal Point for the programme. It's immediate past president, Datuk Mustafa Mansur said, "The overall objective of the PFP was to facilitate creating sustainable partnership to secure the reduction of pollution and environmental degradation caused by utilities and industrial production in the country and we are appreciative of the fact that we are recognised by the Danish Government as being in the position to act as facilitator for the programme". The PFP was another of programme under the auspices of the Danish government in the environmental sector.
The signing of the Partnership Implementation Agreement was witnessed today by YB Dato' Shaziman Abu Mansor the Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications. He acknowledged the signing ceremony as a significant example of the promotion of sustainable partnerships in the environmental sector which will be beneficial to Malaysia in the long term and the global environment.
About the 2 Parties Involved
The Role of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) in the PFP The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers was appointed as Local Focal Point (LFP) by the Royal Danish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to oversee the administration and implementation of the Partnership Facility Programme (PFP). FMM was the choice as LFP due to its proximity to potential local partners.
FMM with the support of the Programme Steering Committee Chairman, HE Mr Borge Petersen, Ambassador of the Royal Danish Embassy of Kuala Lumpur, succeeded in creating a number of sustainable partnerships under the programme.
The overall outputs of the Partnership Facility Programme of 2006-2007 including the completion of two market and promotion plans are as follows:
. Conducted 18 dissemination seminars with a total attendance of 556 participants from 381 local companies and organisations. (Target 12 dissemination seminars with 250 attendees).
. Organised a total of 29 match-making and study visits and received more than 40 project ideas.
. A total of 13 partnerships which will translate into full project implementation by the end of the year. (Target of 8 partnerships).
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The Royal Danish Embassy of Kuala Lumpur (the Embassy)
The Royal Danish Embassy of Kuala Lumpur is the facilitator, through which the Danish Government manages the implementation of its policies and programmes. It is through the auspices of the Danish Government that the Partnership Facility Programme (PFP) came into being.
The Embassy facilitates the transfer of technologies and knowledge to cooperating partners in Malaysia to ensure commercial sustainable partnership between Danish and Malaysian companies within the environmental sector. In the course of implementation, the Embassy oversees the overall programme to ensure that projects adhere to the given guidelines. It serves to identify and approve projects under the programme that fits the criterion to meet the commitment towards environmental improvement.
Invitation to participate in the preparation phase is closed with effect from 1 September 2007.
For more information on the Royal Danish Embassy of Kuala Lumpur, please visit www.ambkualalumpur.um.dk
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Contact Details: Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Wisma FMM, No. 3, Persiaran Dagang, PJU 9 Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 603-6276 1211 Fax: 603-6274 1266/7288 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.fmm.org.my