Ambitious plans for a large Shoe Industrial Park that would house up to 100 small and medium scale footwear manufacturers have been unveiled by the Selangor state government.

Authorities hope the new business park will help the country's shoe industry capture the international market ahead of the implementation of the Asean Free Trade Area agreement in 2003.

Selangor produces 40 per cent of the national production of quality shoes and the total utilisiation is 58 million pairs a year. The shoe export market last year was worth RM352.9m

The new venture was announced by enteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo at the launch of the Second Malaysia International Footwear and Leathergoods Fair 2001 at the Putra World Trade Centre.

He said the site in Puchong would house around 100 businesses that currently operate as backyard industries in Seri Kembangan.

"We want to ensure the industry grows with the economy and with modern technology. It can't be denied that the shoe industry is the largest contributor to the state's Gross Domestic Product."

He added: "The coming of Afta is not a threat to the industry and can be used to our advantage as products can be distributed to a wider market."

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