1. SARAWAK GOVT TO SET UP TRADE AND TOURISM OFFICE IN PONTIANAK
Sarawak is planning to set up a Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office (STATOS) in Pontianak to promote and enhance trade and tourism between Sarawak and Indonesia.
Speaking at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly today, Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal & Entrepreneur Development Datuk Malcom Mussen Lamoh said apart from tourism, the state will open more bilateral collaborations in business and economic opportunities for Sarawak such as joint border developments, trade and investment, healthcare, education as well as collaborations of SME development.
When asked by State Assemblyman Dr Haji Hazland bin Abang Hipni about the state’s move to set up STATOS’s office in Pontianak instead of East Kalimantan, he further explained that they will proceed with the plan; however establishing the new office in the new capital will take 5 to 10 years.
2. 20 COUNTRIES TO SHOWCASE HANDICRAFT IN SARAWAK
Representatives from 20 countries have come to Sarawak to attend the World Crafts Council Craft Cities Network Forum in conjunction with The 10th Biennial Weft Forum, Exhibition and Fashion Show on “Dress and Cultural Identity” & AHPADA Assembly 2019.
Among the countries involved are Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, India, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Oman, Iran, Japan, USA, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Laos, Britain, Australia including representatives of Sarawak and Malaysia.
According to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg, as the ‘Gateway to Borneo’, Kuching is the preferred destination for international art collectors looking for the best crafts from Sarawak and Borneo while reflecting ethnic diversity in Sarawak.
He also expressed interest in four sessions with governors, mayors and officials who represent the countries on the network, to share experiences and to create collaborations on the role of Crafts in Tourism, Culture, Education and Economics.
He said this when officiating the forum at the New Sarawak Museum Campus which will be held for three consecutive days from 8 to 10 November.
3. SAREF2019 GOT ABANG JO’S FULL SUPPORT
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg is in full support of Sustainability and Renewable Energy Forum 2019 organised by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) this upcoming 10 to 11 December 2019.
SEB group CEO, Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili said the chief minister is supportive of the forum as Sarawak Energy has got the most renewable energy in Malaysia and the whole of Southeast Asia with 75% of its hydro power to be shared to the whole Sarawak and the other states of Borneo.
The biennial forum, he added, will be discussing comprehensive range of topics, steered by renowned experts in Renewable Energy and Sustainability and participated by 18 different countries.
He said this when met by reporters after a courtesy call with the chief minister earlier today.
He further hopes for participation from the public in making the forum a success.