KUCHING: Sarawak is planning to set up 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 (DUN) today, Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal & Entrepreneur Development YB Datuk Malcom Mussen Lamoh said apart from tourism, the state will open more bilateral collaborations in business and economic opportunities for Sarawak such as join border developments, trade and investment, healthcare, education as well as collaborations of SME development.
When asked by the State Assemblyman YB Dr Haji Hazland bin Abang Hipni about the state’s move to set up STATOS office in Pontianak instead of East Kalimantan, he further explained that they will proceed with the plan however to establish the new office in the new capital will take 5 – 10 years.
“We will proceed the STATOS Pontianak soon and will consider establishing the new STATOS office in the Indonesian capital in due course however it will take another 5-10 years to translate this intent to reality.”
He further said the new capital of Indonesia will improve connectivity throughout Sarawak including digital infrastructure, increase agriculture production through modernization and commercialization as well as develop human talent.