SINGAPORE: The Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office (Statos) here will serve as the gateway for Sarawak to penetrate the world market particularly in terms of export of its products, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.
However, he stressed that in order to be able to export products from the state to Singapore and other parts of the world, there is a need to ensure that the products are of good quality.
“We have to make sure that the products are marketable to the standards of respective countries and comply with these standards,” he told reporters when met after attending the soft opening of Statos, which was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg here yesterday.
He said in order for entrepreneurs to be able to penetrate the world market, they must first have good manufacturing practices and comply with standards such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).
“For instance, when we export something to Singapore, we have to meet the Singapore Agricultural Food Administration Standards.
“By complying with good practices, this will enable a lot of products to penetrate the international market through Singapore, which is known as a global trade hub.”
Uggah said through Statos, Sarawakian entrepreneurs will be able to understand the requirements of the market.
“I’m sure this office will serve as a gateway for Malaysian products and I hope Sarawakian farmers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers will take advantage and make use of this facility.”
Meanwhile, Statos CEO Chew Chang Guan said the organisation serves as a ‘business matchmaker’ to link buyers, investors and traders in Singapore and other countries to Sarawakian entrepreneurs, travel agents, government agencies and more.
“We want to become a one-stop centre for Sarawakians to market their products, but they must make sure that they have the volume, quality and good packaging in order to compete at global level,” he said.
He said although the office at Robinson Road had just recently opened, there were many people who came to enquire what the role of Statos was.
“Our office is located in a very strategic location and serves as a space for Sarawakians to export and sell their things.
“They can reach out to us and we can include them in our database and link them to Singapore and beyond,” explained Chew, who is a Sarawakian and was formerly the general manager of Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB).
The seven-member-strong team at Statos also comprises deputy CEO Putrie Rozana Soraya Roslan, a Singaporean who previously worked as a marketing manager for Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board in Singapore.
Statos’ showroom is located at #01-02A, 80 Robinson Road while its office is located on the 22nd floor of the building.
Enquiries to Statos can be made to +65-62261318 or via email at [email protected], while the showroom, which operates from 9am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) can be contacted on +65-69046501.