MARSEILLE: Malaysia’s liberalisation
of 27 local services sub-sectors, including the transport
sub-sector, prompted French shipping giant, CMA CGM to mull over
plans to strengthen its foothold in the country.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee
Keat had during a visit to the headquarters of the world’s third
largest container shipping company in the French city last Thursday
shared the Malaysian Government’s policy to liberalise the transport
sub-sector, including the opening of 30% restriction in foreign
CMA CGM has had a presence in Port
Klang since 1994 and is one of the largest customers of Port Klang.
It has since June 1 also served the port of Tanjung Pelepas.
In welcoming the move, the
company’s president Jacques R. Saade said “such liberalisation will
change the strategy (of the company) in Asia.”
The shipping giant also welcomed
Ong’s announcement of gradual liberalisation of cabotage of key
sectors such as from Peninsular Malaysia to three major ports in
east Malaysia, namely Sepangar, Kuching and Bintulu. (See also page
Saade said the company would
seriously explore the opportunities available from such a move. He
also said the company would expand its dry port bonded warehouses,
which include the Port Klang Free Zone.
Later, Ong visited the Port of
Marseille, one of the oldest and busiest sea ports in France.
Marseille Port also raised its
interest to establish an in-house university specialising in
shipping and maritime as part of its education and training project.
Ong took the opportunity to
test-drive its state-of-the-art port simulator.