to assist Sarawak
Sarawak Tribune - Saturday, 07 June 2003
Kevin Tan and Violet Tay
to share experience in food-processing industry
- New Zealand has expressed its willingness to help Sarawak develop its
large-scale commercial food-based industry, particularly for export.
Minister for Trade Negotiations, Agriculture and Forestry, Jim Sutton said New
Zealand, which was a major food exporter, had considerable expertise in the food
is a particular area where we have built up expertise which could be applied in
joint ventures with Sarawak.
can produce tonnes of food that we taxi t such as tropical fruits and so on and
we can use the same distribution networks to get better value," he told
Tribune after opening the New Zealand Centre here yesterday.
New Zealand exports almost 90 percent of its food produce to various parts of
the world, Sutton, who is also the Biosecurity and Rural Affairs Minister,
pointed out that the country had at the same time developed the relevant
technology in food processing.
have a very effective system for the processing, storage, transportation
distribution and marketing of food products to ensure that the food products are
in excellent conditions when they arrive at the points of sale all around the
world,” he said.
minister also expressed his interest to co-operate with Sarawak in developing
the “halal” food industry in Sarawak.
Zealand, he said, owned numerous processing plants of “halal” certified
also produce a lot of "halal” food. We have Islamic workers who slaughter
the animals and recite the prayers," said Sutton.
at the opening ceremony of the New Zealand Centre here, Deputy Chief Minister
Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr George Chan said the Centre would further improve the
collaboration between Sarawak and New Zealand and contribute towards enhancing
the bilateral trade between Malaysia and New Zealand.
and New Zealand have enjoyed a history of close and friendly links with each
other dating back to educationrelated Colombo Plan," he said.
many years, New Zealand had not been well represented in Sarawak particularly in
the field of education and with the opening of the NZ Centre here, it would
become the centre in Sarawak pertaining to education and business with New
Zealand, he said.
Centre would be the official representative here of all New Zealand universities
and a number of reputable high schools, Dr Chan said.
is an important source of overseas tertiary students, with an estimated 1086 fee
paying students enrolled to study there in 2002, contributing about NZ$38
million to there economy.
estimated 13,000 Malaysians have been educated in New Zealand and many now
occupy senior positions in business, the professions and government
administration," Dr Chan added.
the managing director of the Centre Rodger Chan said the Centre was set up to
focus on matters relating to education, trade and investment between Sarawak and
are working on establishing and assisting business and trade ventures between
Sarawak and New Zealand," he said.
Centre would be promoting New Zealand to leading Sarawak business people as a
highly attractive destination for investment, he said.