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The marketplace, to be built as a mall, would soon be launched to help Indonesian SMEs tap into the Middle East market and for Bahrain to strengthen its bilateral trade relationship with Indonesia. This was announced at a press conference held yesterday at Capital Club premises in Manama. 500 to 700 SMEs, majority of whom will be from Indonesia and rest from Bahrain, will sell their products at the market place.The project was brought to Bahrain by the initiative of KHK Holding and through a joint venture partnership between Exelon, Smexindo and Sram & Mram Resources Company. However, the organizers are yet to finalize the land where the mall will be established.

“This will be a mall, with hundreds of shops. This will facilitate business to customer (B2C) as well as business to business (B2B) relationship. There will be a facility to export from here to other countries. This will also be a base for the Middle East operations,” Sailesh Lachu Hiranandani, Chairman, Sram & Mram Resources Company told DT News. He said that an Industrial park will also be launched. “Some of the SMEs will bring the raw materials here and manufacture here.”

Addressing the press conference were Samsul Hadi, Founder Chairman, Smexindo & Indukumkm, Sailesh Lachu Hiranandani, Chairman, Sram & Mram Resources Company WLL, Nur Syahrir Rahardjo, Indonesian Ambassador, Mohammad Mansoor, CEO & Managing Director, Exelon Industrial Solutions and Mohammad Shahid, CEO, KHK Holdings.

“I am very grateful to His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for having extended an olive branch to all of us here to showcase our products and start the venture which should be the beginning of a symbolic relation between Bahrain and Indonesia,” said Mansoor.

“On this occasion, I would like to take this opportunity to showcase the vision of KHK Holdings in your midst. The Kingdom of Bahrain is committed to sports and sporting events and his Highness Shaikh Khalid has taken personal interest in promoting sporting events in Manama. We propose to conduct at least 2 competition every year in Indonesia. On each in Jakarta and Bali.” said Shahid.

“Indonesia always considers Bahrain very important due to its strategic role as a trading gateway into the Middle East and there are some Indonesian products such as furniture, garment, textile and may more potential products to enter Bahrain market as well as Middle East market,” Hariadi Saptadji, Chairman of Indukumkm said.



KHK Sports in association with Exelon conducted the official ticket launch of the Bahrain Premier league.

Bahrain Premier League is a franchise based T20 Cricket tournament held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The league will comprise of six teams of 13 resident cricketers competing in the T20 format of cricket.

Teams were bought by six corporates SRam & MRam Lions, Intex Falcons, Awan Warriors, Four Square Challengers, Bahrain Knight Riders and Bahrain Supergiants.

The matches will commence on January 26th and will continue until March 9th.

Mohammed Shahid, CEO of KHK Sports released the first ticket to Guruji Kuraman Swami who represented the platinum sponsor, Intex. Mohammed Shahid later handed over the key of Chevrolet Aveo which is the grand price powered by sponsor SRAM & MRAM to Saleem Ilyasi, President of Cricket Bahrain Association.

Mohammad Mansoor President of Bahrain Premier League thanked His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for patronising the first and only International premier league from the Kingdom of Bahrain and for the initiative to make Bahrain an International Cricket destination.

Bahrain Premier league will be associated with Cricket Bahrain Association which is affiliated by International Cricket Council & Asian Cricket Council.

Mansoor also thanked Mohammad Akeel, Managing Director of the title sponsor of Bahrain Premier League - Coca Cola. Punith, Marketing Manager of Coca Cola extended the support in making this as a biggest cricket event in Bahrain.



The National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) CORPORATION will provide a disparity to the 30th Malaysia Film Festival (FFM30) by opening participation from international production, especially Asian countries.

Its Datuk Fauzi Ayob said in conjunction with the FFM30 to be held this December, FINAS intends to lift the homeland film festival to the international scene.

"FINAS is still discussing with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia as well as various agencies to invite filmmakers from overseas.

"Whether their film product will be nominated in the special award category or participate in the show, it will be decided later," he said.

Fauzi said this when met at the signing ceremony of memorandum of understanding between SRAM & MRAM Technologies & Resources Ltd with Produksi Seni 2020.

Also launched, Jupiter X11 Fund and 26 episode serial drama Moonlight Saigon in Kuala Lumpur, today.

Speaking of the cooperation between the production company from Vietnam and the Produksi Seni 2020, Fauzi said it is a great joint venture in promoting attractive local locations to overseas production

"The drama of the Moonlight Saigon series is performed in Vietnam and Malaysia, which is a very good destination.

"It provides space for Malaysia to promote the location of filming films to international production companies," he said.