Sarawak to continue cross-border trade talks with Indonesia

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THE Sarawak government will continue negotiations with Indonesia to normalise cross-border trade in the Tebedu-Entikong area.

Deputy Minister for International Trade and Investment, Datuk Dr Malcom Mussen Lamoh said this would help combat the lack of response from investors in the Tebedu Industrial Estate, which was completed in 2012.

“The lack of response stemmed from the limited cross-border trade activities in the Tebedu-Entikong area due to restrictions from Indonesia since 2014,” he said during question time at the DUN sitting today.

Malcom (GPS-Batang Ai) said the federal government had also proposed to the Indonesian government to develop border areas, including the Tebedu-Entikong area.

“If this can be implemented, it will be a centre for the development of trade and industrial activities, including small and medium enterprises.”

Apart from that, he noted that the state had fulfilled the request of the Indonesian government to widen the border access road and rebuild the gate at a cost of RM2mil to smoothen the movement of cargo vehicles at the border.

“Putrajaya has also approved an allocation of RM100mil under the 12MP to upgrade the Tebedu CIQS.

“At the same time, the ministry will continue to hold promotions to attract investments into Sarawak, including in the Tebedu Industrial Estate.”

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