2020 | Quarter 3

Johor Port and PTP Host Working

Visit by Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities and Malaysian Cocoa Board for Feasibility Study to Develop Malaysia’s Cocoa Hub.

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Johor Port Berhad (Johor Port) and Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), members of MMC Group, hosted an inaugural working visit by Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) and Malaysian Cocoa Board.

Led by Ravi Muthayah, Secretary General of MPIC, the two days working visit was also joined by delegates from Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services, Plant Biosecurity Division, Department of Agriculture and Ministry of Health.

With the agenda to conduct a feasibility study on developing Malaysia’s Cocoa Hub, the delegates were given a comprehensive presentation by Marco Neelsen, Chief Executive Officer of PTP and KC Low, Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development Division of Johor Port on the ports’ history, cocoa handling operations and the challenges. A topic on the opportunities and future development of the cocoa industry in Malaysia were discussed as well as on how MPIC and Malaysian Cocoa Board together with Johor Port and PTP can play an important role in developing Malaysia’s first Cocoa Hub.

During the programme, the delegates were taken for a site visit to cocoa warehouses, Johor Port Container Terminal as well as Bulk and Break Bulk Terminal by Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer of Johor Port. Meanwhile at PTP, the delegates were brought on a tour at PTP Container Terminal and Free Zone area including a short stop at some of the warehouses and factories by Prakash Thurairasasingam, Head of Commercial Division PTP.

Johor Port and PTP were honored to be part of the feasibility study to develop a Cocoa Hub in Malaysia and looking forward to contribute to further grow Malaysia’s trading activities. The working visit was also part of the ports’ stakeholder’s engagement programme throughout 2020 that aims at strengthening bilateral relations between the ports and Government agencies while at the same time to explore business and investment opportunities for both parties.