KUCHING: The Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (Statos) is set to increase Sarawak’s ‘footprints’ in Singapore.
At the official launch of Statos in Singapore yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said with the setting-up of the office, Sarawak’s trade with Singapore is expected to increase by 30 per cent for the 2019 to 2020 period.
“We are confident that investment in the island republic would give Sarawak’s economy a push as Singapore is a global trading hub. Statos will re-establish and enhance our historical trade with Singapore as we have been doing trade since the Rajah’s time,” Abang Johari said in a statement.
Last year, Sarawak’s total exports to Singapore stood at RM1.2 billion, while total imports was RM1.6 billion.
The major items traded between Sarawak and Singapore were machinery and transport equipment, mineral fuels, lubricants and food.
Statos is one of the strategies undertaken by the Sarawak government to explore the global market, bring in more investments, promote trade, as well as attract more tourists to Sarawak.
Statos will serve as a one-stop centre for investment and business as well as tourism players in Singapore to know more about Sarawak, and will also be the hub of communication between exporters and importers from Sarawak and business communities in Singapore.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Sharzede Datu Salleh said Statos is expected to facilitate and boost Sarawak’s tourism through various ways.
“One of which is gaining a better understanding of tourist preferences and expenditure patterns in Singapore. This will enable the formulation of innovative product packages, attractive incentives, facilitate engagement with travel agents, tour operators, airlines, hotels, restaurant, and tour guides, to meet tourist requirements.
“Statos will also be used to push its tourism marketing and promotional efforts with tourism industry players through meetings, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) on opportunities available in the Sarawak tourism industry,” she stated.
Statos – located at 80, Robinson Road – is open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays.