Awang Tengah delivers his speech.

KUCHING: Businesses in Western Australia and Sarawak are urged to collaborate with each other and tap into key economic sectors.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said both sides should work closely by looking at potentials available in the regions.

He was speaking on behalf of the state government via video in conjunction with the launch of Sarawak-Western Australia (WA) Market Research Report on Wednesday (Nov 18).

Among the potential areas of collaboration is a joint support by the Sarawak and Western Australian government for direct flights between Kuching and Perth in supporting tourism industry development.

Other areas include investment and collaboration in agriculture industries, digital economy, farm data usage in agriculture, renewable energy, hydrogen technology development and development of hydrogen-based industry.

Also, part of the potential collaboration will be in terms of supporting the development of South East Asia’s first integrated hydrogen production plant and refuelling station and the introduction of the state’s first hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The aim of the Sarawak-WA Market Research Report is to provide a comprehensive market insight into the potential markets and investment opportunities in Sarawak and Western Australia.

The market research report also serves as a platform and guidance for companies and organisations in Western Australia to prepare for the upcoming business visit to Kuching, Sarawak once the restrictions for businesses to travel overseas is lifted.

To date, ten companies and organisations as well as officials from Western Australia state government have registered their interest to participate in the Western Australia business mission to Sarawak.

It is anticipated that more companies in Western Australia will come forward and express their interests to explore the potential opportunities available in Sarawak.