Committee to be formed to resolve issues on export of products

Awang Tengah (second left) at the briefing session held via video conference.

KUCHING: A committee will be formed to resolve issues faced by Sarawakian businesses whenever they export products to Singapore.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the committee would comprise representatives from the relevant ministries, agencies and business chambers.

He said this when attending an online briefing with the management of Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (Statos) today.

He was briefed on the challenges faced by local exporters to Singapore.

At the same time, the International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development (Mintred) Minister also discussed further promotion of investments, trade and tourism for Sarawak with Statos.

Statos, a trade office located at Singapore’s Robinson Road, was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg last year. Since then it has striven to promote the state’s products for export to the island republic and beyond.

Several products such as ‘midin’ (scientific name: stenochlaena palustris), frozen patin fish, and Sarawakian noodles are now sold in Singapore. Since its launch last year, Statos has continued to assist local producers get their exports to Singapore and beyond.

Following the success of Statos, the 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.

Also present during the briefing were Entrepreneur and SME Development Assistant Minister Datuk Naroden Majais; Industrial Development Assistant Minister Datuk Malcolm Mussen Lamoh and Mintred permanent secretary Datuk Liaw Soon Eng.

Statos was represented by its chairman Tan Sri Morshidi Abdul Ghani, chief executive officer Chew Chang Guan and finance, corporate affairs, trade and investment manager Kenny Lau via video conference.