Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fish Art

The other day, I received an email with these winning pictures! A real work of art, don’t you think?

I also almost missed this news report that was featured in Star on Tuesday.

Indonesia’s Aceh province and Penang have signed a MoU to promote collaborative and joint business and investment projects between the two entities. I would like to describe this Aceh-Penang arrangement as being both intriguing and exciting. Intriguing because this interesting initiative was conceived independently from their respective central governments. Exciting because this landmark accord can offer huge economic potential to benefit both Aceh and Penang. It’s what you would call a symbiotic relationship between the former with its vast wealth of natural resources and the latter with a ready pool of industry and business prowess. When you talk of development expertise, Penang, which houses one of the largest concentrations of high-tech multinationals in the region as well as having a highly evolved logistics sector that has an important supporting role can do much to assist Aceh in supplying the necessary human capital.

InvestPenang’s Lee Kah Choon (left) exchanging documents with Aceh Investment and Promotion Board ‘s Anwar Muhammad. With them are Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf (second from right) and Penang CM Lim Guan Eng.

What’s more, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has offered Penang as a platform for Aceh to distribute oil and gas in the region. And Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf has promised to consider. In fact, in The Sun today, Himanshu Bhatt wrote that “Penang and Aceh have each courted ties with regional neighbors in auxiliary attempts to strengthen their economies, under constricting and strenuous relationships with their federal governments” (p 12). So when they do record real progress that is benefiting both parties – this may well be the first baby step to making this grand plan for regional economic co-operation a reality.

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