KUCHING: The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is in Kuching for a four-day ‘Business Mission to Sarawak’ from October 23 to 26 as they seek to explore business opportunities and investments in both trade and tourism sectors.
The objectives of their visit also include obtaining deeper understanding on the incentive packages and information on investment projects, expanding their network and meeting with government officials and local businesses, and exploring business cooperation opportunities with Sarawak counterparts.
This Business Mission was organised by Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS) in collaboration with Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Enterprise Singapore.
The 28-member delegation, led by SBF Singapore’s Asean executive director Thian Tai Chew and STATOS chief executive officer Chew Chang Guan, arrived on Wednesday and visited Wisma Bapa Malaysia to meet with Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, as well as Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
On the second day, they will visit the Semenggoh Nature Reserve to get acquainted with the conservation programme so they can support future development and CSR efforts. Semenggoh Discovery Centre is planning to upgrade the facilities and enhance visitor experience.
The tour continues with a visit to Lian Hua Seng Lifestock, followed by Poh Lian Collecting, Processing and Packaging Centre, and Poh Lian Plantation. Their afternoon will conclude with a visit to empurau farm Puri Johan Aquaculture.
The third day will start with a meeting with the Sarawak Forwarding Agencies Association, followed by a networking session with local companies and a visit to a mini expo of food, agriculture and tourism products.
On the same day, they will attend a briefing by Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MTAC) Mr Hii Chang Kee. The evening will bring them to a gala dinner with the Sarawak Business Federation, where both business federations will be exchanging a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
This is the first Business Mission organised by Singapore-based STATOS, which was established in June this year to serve as a one-stop centre for the promotion of trade, investment and tourism.
Sarawak ranks among the top three states for investment after Johor (RM30.5 billion) and Selangor (RM18.9 billion).
Sarawak continues to attract both domestic and foreign investors due to business-friendly policies, abundance of natural resources and ability to provide land and modern infrastructure.