to promote NZ-Sarawak trade
StarBiz - Saturday, 07 June 2003
NZ Centre in Kuching is working towards establishing business and trade ventures
between Sarawak and New Zealand, according to its managing director Rodger Chan
said the centre was the secretariat for a new start-up company, THF Resources
Sdn Bhd, which was in the midst of forming a joint venture with Christchurch
Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand.
centre is promoting New Zealand to leading Sarawakian businessmen as a highly
attractive destination for investment.
"Likewise, we hope New Zealand companies and organisations will use the centre as their offshore marketing base among potential customers in Sarawak," he said at the opening of the NZ Centre yesterday.
Zealand Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton signed a plaque to mark the
opening of the centre. Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong
Nam and acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia David Pine were among
said the centre represented all universities in New Zealand and an increasing
number of educational institutions and schools there.
his speech, Dr Chan said bilateral trade between Malaysia and New Zealand was
worth RM2.42bil last year.
is New Zealand's 8th largest trading partner, 12th largest export market and 6th
largest source of imports."
said Malaysia's exports to New Zealand had grown rapidly over the years and the
exported goods included petroleum products, electrical and electronic products,
machinery, vegetable oils and rubber.
Zealand sells mostly agricultural-related products to Malaysia.