KUCHING: The synergy and collaboration between the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) Sarawak and the state government should be preserved.

Outgoing Sarawak Matrade director Leany Mokhtar said this would help to elevate products of Sarawakian entrepreneurs to overseas markets.

Leany, who has spent six years in Sarawak, is being transferred back to Kuala Lumpur where she will serve under the Food, Beverage and Agrobase Unit at Matrade headquarters.

“I hope that the collaboration between Matrade and the state government would remain, there are a lot of assistance that we can provide to the entrepreneurs in the state,” she said during Sarawak Matrade’s year-end engagement with agencies and industry players on Thursday.

Matrade sarawak director Leany Mokhtar (front) wefie with all the Matrade Sarawak staffs and other guests during the MATRADE Sarawak Year End Engagement with Agencies & Industry Player programme at Mango Tree Restaurant, Kuching on Thursday night. Photo: MOHD ALIF NONI

On the programme, Leany said it was done to foster relationship between entrepreneurs and Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) agencies.

“This is so that they can explore the market overseas and we (Matrade) have the grants, assistance to offer to the entrepreneurs.

“So are the other agencies. At the same time, for 2020, we have crafted our programme and we hope that it would gain continuous support from the companies,” she said.

Leany said that the agency hoped for a better progress next year and that Matrade would garner feedback from the entrepreneurs on the markets that they wanted to penetrate.

“We will craft the programmes to the demands of the entrepreneurs and today I have also met with Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and assured him that Matrade is here and is keen to help entrepreneurs in the state,” she added.