BARMM COMPOUND, COTABATO CITY—The newly inaugurated Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslin Mindanao(BARMM) opens its door to neighboring Asian countries like Malaysia. Today, 5 August, Malaysia’s Deputy Chief of Mission Rizany Irwan Muhamad Mazlan and party made a courtesy visit with BARMM Interim Chief Minister Alhaj Murad Ebrahim.

“We need foreign investors so that the people will see that there is happening in BARMM.” Chief Minister Ebrahim said.

Malaysia’s Deputy Chief of Mission Rizany Irwan Muhamad Mazlan said,

Investment potentials such as Halal food industry, tourism, the barter trade, factories were discussed during the said visit.

“One of the good signs of economic activity in Cotabato city as the seat of BARMM is the presence of Central Bank here” Finance, Budget and Management Minister Eduardo Guerra.

Asked about his impression of the BARMM when he arrived in this city, Edward Ling, the President of Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) said,” I’m very optimistic and very confident about the development taking place here. With peace and order taking place, we are looking forward in creating jobs like manufacturing. We can bring in certain jobs that involve labor intensive, like rubber glove or it can be toy manufacturing.”

“We really need to get our act together to convey the message about the perception of the people on the peace and order here, which is one of the most important factors for a start. This the concern of the outside business community, but with what I see now first hand, I’m very positive.” Ling expressed.

“I’m confident that in due time with the good leadership and very supportive national leadership and it will turn out to be very favorable, Inshallah.” Ling added.