of East Kalimantan officials to explore areas of cooperation
Sarawak Tribune - Tuesday, 8 July 2003
- Top government officials and businessmen from East Kalimantan will make a
reciprocal visit to Sarawak in one week's time, Tourism Minister Dato Sri Abang
Johari Tun Openg told a press conference here yesterday.
will visit Kuching from July 14 -16 to explore areas of cooperation,"
said Johari, who led the Sarawak trade delegation to East Kalimantan in
conjunction with MAS inaugural flight to the region.
to him, the three day visit has opened new chapters in Sarawak East Kalimantan
relationship which are set to further spur business activities between the two
said three main sectors had been identified for co-operation human
resource management, infrastructure and healthcare facilities to tap incentives
offered through the BIMP EAGA.
is the regional growth area covering Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and
pointed out that Malaysia was keen to offer Indonesians technical training in
local colleges and branches of foreign universities in the State.
understand that many parents are keen to send their children to Kuching as the
State has branch campuses of foreign universities offering similar quality
education nearer to home," he said.
such a relationship, we can look forward to achieving greater success
tourism, Johari said the delegation met
their Indonesian counterparts and inspected probable tourism products to be marketed
in Malaysia besides touring Balikpapan and visiting Karmala.
in Tenggarong and Samarinda.
also offered Sarawak as the gateway for people in East Kalimantan to travel to
pointed out: "We have many connecting flights to Kuala Lumpur, and MAS
flies to China, Hong Kong and Australia from Kuching."
and East Kalimantan, he added, had many similarities and both were enjoying high
GDP growth and income per capita.
the call by the East Kalimantan government to extend the Pan Borneo Highway
which ended in Pontianak after covering Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak, Johari said
this would be discussed at 'Sosek Malindo'.
the idea receives the blessing of both Federal governments, we can follow up and
discuss it at the provincial level in Sosek Malindo meeting," he said.
agreed that the. highway would play a pivotal role in stimulating economic
activities between the two regions.