Datuk Raman Promotes APEC Travel Card Initiatives

Datuk Raman Promotes APEC Travel Card Initiatives

Datuk Ramanan’s Thoughts on APEC Business Card

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Having to go through a long immigration clearance process for the purpose of visitor passes approval can be troublesome. While it is undeniable that such protocol is irritating, the process of applying visa is very important to make sure everyone’s safe passage. Yet, it is common for similar procedures to affect business relations. Fortunately, a highly effective solution, the Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Business Travel Card was brought to smoothen the process.

The APEC Business Travel Card is afforded to entrepreneurs giving them the capability to travel freely. This is achieved in a concerted effort by nations to encourage free trade and open investment opportunities to participating nations. The APEC Business Travel Card allows travellers pre-cleared short-term entry into countries to conduct business, avoiding impractical bureaucracy for business-related purposes.

The entire process of application for visas together with entry permits under personal travel could very well be skipped by individuals, and card holders could use this multi-entry passes to take the designated APEC lanes upon arrival at the listed nations.

Datuk Raman Fully Support on APEC

Datuk Raman gave his full support to this particular strategy, and even applauded the Immigration Department of Malaysia for their proactive approach to encourage the growth and advancement of the economy at the national level with such an efficient solution.

Datuk Ramanan additionally supported this move by proclaiming that the APEC Business Travel Card has opened doors for Malaysians to venture freely into other economies. Now businesses can enjoy these benefits due to the great work of these officers who visit other countries to foster ties and bring ease into our lives.

Recently, Malaysia, Chile, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore, Russia, Australia, China, Philippines, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Brunei Darussalam, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong and are among the list of participants of the APEC scheme. Additionally, the scheme is also participated by Canada and U . s . as transitional members.

The scheme had a significant impact for Malaysia, since for some nations, more bureaucratic administration is established. China, to provide an example, imposes the condition to apply for an entry permit in advance irrespective of whether it is a business-related re-entries or a social pass.

In accordance to a study conducted by the Support Unit of APEC policy, the schemes launched by the APEC Business Travel Card has led to a significant decrease in cost of transaction for card holders about 38%. This proves that all of these efforts not only work in reducing waiting time, but actual travel cost too. Experts agree it is estimated the time saved because of these card holders in March 2010 to July 2011 is 62,413 hours, which happens to be estimated at a value of USD1.9 million.