Belgian companies looking at business partnerships with Sarawak

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KUCHING: Companies from Belgium will be looking to build long-term business partnerships with Sarawak if and when they eventually come in.

Pascal H. Gregoire, Belgium Ambassador to Malaysia, pointed out that “such partnerships will not be here for two, five or 10 years, but for the next 20 up to 50 years.”

“We are not here just to generate revenue but we want to also promote the holistic vision of sustainable development,” he added during his visit to the famous Ching San Temple in Muara Tebas here on Friday (June 17).

He said that three weeks ago, he had flown in with Mario Lievens, the senior director of Port of Antwerp-Bruges International, which is the 13th largest port in the world, and its senior consultant Michiel Dubos to pay a courtesy call on Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to discuss a possible collaboration between the port and Kuching Port.

“We discussed the potential of a collaboration that would result in a win-win situation between the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Sarawak.”

When asked by the media for his opinion on Sarawak, he stated that Sarawak had never disappointed him.

“Even though this is my sixth time here, I have never been this far away from Kuching and I will definitely come back here again in the coming weeks to visit places other than Kuching, like Miri, Sibu, Bintulu, Mulu National Park and many more.”

Also present were Kuching Hokkien Association president Datuk Richard Wee and his wife Datin Donna Drury Wee, who joined him for the visit.

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