Committee to be set up to iron out issues faced by S’wak exporters

Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore

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KUCHING, Dec 4: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan announced that a committee would be set up soon to address the issues and challenges faced by the state’s exporters to Singapore.

Awang Tengah made this announcement during a video conferencing session held together with the management of Sarawak Tourism and Trade Office Singapore (Statos), today.

“The committee will collaborate with the relevant ministries, agencies and business chambers,” he said.

Following the success of Statos, Awang Tengah who is also the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development (Mintred), emphasised that Sarawak government is looking to set up similar offices in Brunei Darussalam and Pontianak, Indonesia, to further promote Sarawak as a destination for investment, trade and tourism.

Statos, which was formed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in August last year has strived to promote Sarawak in Singapore and beyond.

Several products such as local midin, frozen patin fish, Sarawakian noodles and many others were now being sold in Singapore.

Since its launch last year, it has continued to assist local producers to export to Singapore and beyond.

Also present at the video conference session was Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Datuk Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Permanent Secretary to Mintred Sarawak Datu Liaw Soon Eng.

Statos was represented by its chairman and board of directors Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, chief executive officer Chew Chang Guan, and manager (Finance, Corporate Affairs, Trade and Investment) Kenny Lau. — DayakDaily