KUCHING: Sarawak should explore export opportunities of local products to Romania, said Datuk Mutang Tagal.
The honorary Consul of Romania in Sarawak said goods like palm oil, rubber, pepper as well as electronics could be marketed there.
“As the honorary Consul for our state, I urge that local businesses explore markets for their products in Romania. This can be done through educational, cultural or business exchange and so on.
“We were unable to organise any visits yet due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully after the movement control order (MCO) is over and when the situation gets better, we will be able to do so,” he added.
Mutang who is also president of Orang Ulu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OUCCI) advised local companies who are looking into setting up liaison office overseas to consider doing so in Romania.
He said that the country is similar to Sarawak and its cost of living is cheaper than in other European countries.
“Romania was a part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), it is not as developed as some of the other countries in Europe. It is a good tourist destination and is famous with the tales of Count Dracula.
“For companies like timber industry, it would be good for them to set up a liaison office in its capital, Bucharest. It is cheaper than in countries like France and Germany,” he said.
Mutang is currently on his first of a five-year stint as honorary Consul.