Sarawak, Hainan strengthen partnership for more local products to enter Chinese market

Awang Tengah (third left) in conversation with Lu during a meeting at Guangzhou, China on June 5, 2023.

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KUCHING, June 6: The potential for collaboration between Sarawak and Hainan is particularly promising in the export sector, as it presents an opportunity for Sarawak to expand its reach and introduce more of its products to China’s extensive market.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan emphasised that the new policies implemented by the tropical island province, such as free trade and investment facilities, provide an excellent opportunity for Sarawak products to access China’s vast market.

He said this during a meeting with Deputy Mayor of Haikou Municipal People’s Government Lu Min in Guangzhou, China on Monday (June 5).

Currently, Awang Tengah is leading a Sarawak delegation to Guangzhou for the Ministry of International Trade, Industry and Investment (Mintred) Connects programme.

This initiative aims to facilitate trade and investment promotions, connecting Sarawak entrepreneurs with potential partners and investors from around the world.

“Hainan island has seen tremendous development in recent years but shared many similarities with Sarawak in terms of food, climate and culture.

“The common ground opens up numerous areas of collaborations for Sarawak and Hainan to explore,” he said in a statement today.

At the meeting, Lu also provided the Sarawak delegates with an overview of Hainan’s development and strategic focus on four key sectors, including tourism, services, high technology and tropical agriculture industry.

Deputy Minister for International Trade and Investment Datuk Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Consul General of Malaysia in Guangzhou Suraya Ahmad Pauzi, Mintred advisor Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Mintred acting permanent secretary Dzulkornain Masron, Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director Lester Mathew, Land and Survey Department director Abdullah Julaihi, Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) chief executive officer Datu Ismawi Ismuni, and Sarawak Energy Berhad chief operating officer James Ung were among those present. — DayakDaily