In August 2014, Adina Kamarudin has taken up her duties as the Malaysian Consul General in Germany. With MALAYSIA INSIGHTS she spoke about her current work and upcoming projects.
Mrs Adina, 2016 so far was a busy year for you. What were the main activities and projects?
Yes, I have been very busy, not only me but everyone at the Consulate of Malaysia. Operationally, we are still working together to foster closer collaboration with our Government Agencies which also have their offices here in Frankfurt. We also work hard to enhance the public delivery system for consulate matters, making sure our service is efficient and serves the need of our clients and stakeholders. On the promotional side, there is the ASEAN Community which has been declared in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 which is continuing to be high on our agenda. For example, in Frankfurt, we had a very successful seminar on ASEAN investment in April 2016. This was organised by MIDA, BOI Thailand and the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. It was also supported by OAV, World Trade Institute, EU-ASEAN Business Council and IHK Frankfurt.
With so many collaborators involved I guess your network must be groing steadily…
Yes. While I continue to engage with the Malaysian community in Germany as well as with the business community, at the same time I collaborate with the agencies of the Federal State Ministries in Germany. We work closely on issues like safety and security, for example. We have about 1,000 Malaysian students and in Germany and we want to ensure they are safe and secure while they are abroad.
You are also the patron of the Malaysian Club Germany MCD. With all your Consular work that keeps you busy, are you still actively involved with the MCD?
I would say so. A few months ago, we organised the Malaysian participation at the “Parade of Cultures” together and promoted the state of Perak as well. In October 2016, our Consulate, the MCD and the Ladies’ Association of the Consulate General will be collaborating with the Mariott Hotel again for a food promotion of three days at the side lines of the Frankfurt book fair. We are flying in Tourism Advisor Dato’ Chef Ismail Ahmad for the Promo. Malaysia will also be featured at the Gourment Gallery at the book fair when he is promoting Malaysian Heritage Recipe and his book.
Mrs Adina, thank you for the interview.