Sarawak Design Centre inks four MOUs to develop region’s furniture industry

Abang Johari (back row, second right) and Awang Tengah (on his right) witnessing the MoU exchange between Dayang Nena (front row, left) and Miri Community College director Hazatta Morshidi at Sarawak Design Week 2023 at BCCK in Kuching on Feb 13, 2023.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Feb 13: Sarawak Design Centre (Saradec) has inked four Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the University of Technology Sarawak (UTS), Miri Community College, Sarawak Timber Association (STA), and Korea Furniture Association (Kofa) during the Sarawak Design Week 2023 which took place today at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

The MOU with UTS will establish a strategic collaboration in the future to facilitate skills training, build career paths, co-organise the Research, Technology and Creative Exhibition (ReTEx), and so on, whereas the MOU with Miri Community College will help to facilitate Saradec SayD’signers’ skills training, build career paths for them, and co-organise the Incubator & SLIM programme in the future.

Meanwhile, the MOU with STA will see Saradec and STA collaborate closely with other relevant agencies to achieve the target of RM6 billion in value-added products.

Furthermore, the MOU with Kofa will establish a relationship to develop design talent and creative design for the growth of the Korean and Sarawak furniture and design industries. They will be working on joint project planning, sharing publicity channels, B2B collaboration, and many other exciting plans in the future.

Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg today officially launched the inaugural Sarawak Design Week, kicking off a four-day fair showcasing everything design-related, from furniture and home decor to fashion and handicrafts.

Also present were Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) general manager Datu Hashim Bojet, Saradec chairman Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, and Saradec chief executive officer Dayang Nena Abang Bruce. — DayakDaily