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defence and security in the areas of avionics, air traffic systems integration, UAV, spacecraft, simulators and rockets which can enhance the capability of strategic assets. Following this idea, the Blueprint mapped the strategic ideas and identified potential investors and customers. The strategic plan ensures the survival of players and stakeholders, and provides more benefits to the industry and develops a skilled workforce. As a matter of fact, Malaysia is believed to be the leading producer and provider of a skilled workforce in the Southeast Asia region, and we are globally competitive in terms of education and command of international language. Therefore, we have the ability and capacity to achieve the new National Blueprint. To sum up, future plans for the system integration industry includes the deployment of a technology platform with the ability to outsource the modernisation of airborne, land and maritime systems for both civil and security applications. Local companies will gear themselves to tap a bigger regional market. BEM MRO Aircraft Maintenance Licensed Workforce Recognition One of the applaudable initiatives by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) in supporting the MRO sector is the registration and recognition of CAAM licensed aircraft maintenance professionals. Undeniably, licensed professionals are one of the critical factors in determining the MRO industry’s success. The BEM began the process of recognising Malaysian technicians and technologist in 2015. This recognition bodes well for the future of the MRO sector. The Registration of Engineers Act (REA) 1967 was amended in 2015 to align with the international engineering alliance accords with the Washington Accord, Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord. BEM, after consultation with CAAM initiated a study of the CAAM Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance License (AML) requirements, related to Airworthiness Notices and ICAO annexes, to map the AML license requirements against the requirements for equivalent qualification for BEM registration. Detailed studies were conducted by a team of professionals. As a result CAAM Part 66 AML Category B and C holders are now accepted for registration in BEM as technician, engineering technologist and graduate engineer. This will eventually lead to professional recognition. This milestone affects the CAAM AML holders and will enhance the professionals in terms of recognition by BEM. CONCLUDING REMARKS Since the implementation of the National Aerospace Blueprint 1997, the aerospace industry in Malaysia has changed dramatically. It has become a substantial contributor to the nation’s high-income economy with the MRO and Aerospace Manufacturing sub-sectors being the major contributors.  With the implementation of the MAIB 2030, co-ordinated by the National Aerospace Industry Co-ordinating Office (NAICO) Malaysia is expected to be a regional aerospace hub by 2030. The MRO sub-sector has a growing revenue stream and competitiveness in terms of market position and customer satisfaction. Growth is driven by the increasing number of passenger which results in airlines ordering more aircrafts.  With high technology facilities and a highly skilled workforce in most MRO companies, commercial aircraft companies have wider sources of MRO services. C ertification of MRO professionals by responsible authorities is needed to ensure safe flight operations. This, in turn, would also enhance their reputation and help them to expand their services in the global market. Aerospace Manufacturing in Malaysia is still gradually growing in term of market size and total revenue. There is still plenty of potential for expansion. MAIB 2030 provides a series of approaches to improve the local aerospace industry’s competence and meet the requirements of the Malaysia Industry Government Group for High Technology (MiGHT). Malaysia has the vision to upgrade current manufacturing services into highly sophisticated upstream activities that will occupy the top-tier list. Malaysia strives to be No.1 in Southeast Asia for aerospace parts and component sourcing targeting large sub-assembly and risk sharing partners (RSP) as outlined in MAIB 2030. 17