The long-established ties between Sarawak and New Zealand should be
nurtured, said New Zealand's Trade Negotiations, Agriculture and
Forestry Minister Jim Sutton.
said the two countries had deep roots in education as many Sarawakians
pursued their studies under the Colombo Plan in New Zealand since
also had links in commerce and government administration for many
years, he said, adding that both sides should also enhance their co-operation
in tourism and agriculture.
are things that we must build on," he said at the opening of the
NZ Centre at Jalan Utama here yesterday.
centre handles matters related to education and business with New
who is also Biosecurity and Rural Affairs Minister, told reporters
that his country's expertise in park and natural resources
management could also be applied to Sarawak.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr
Chan Hong Nam said some 13,000 Malaysians had studied in New Zealand
and that there were almost 1,100 fee-paying Malaysian students
contribute NZS39mil (RM85.4mi1) a year to that country. Dr Chan also
said Sarawak had students from China, Thailand and the Philippines
at Curtin University in Miri, and the state was set to be the region's
suggested that local universities have student exchange programmes
with those in New Zealand.