to be centre for food and hospitality training
Sarawak Tribune - Saturday, 5 July 2003
Indonesia - The Sarawak chapter of BIMP-EAGA East Asia Business Council (EABC)
is optimistic that the region's economic activities will be rejuvenated with
improved mobility in the region.
is the main thing, if we want to promote anything we need to move and meet
people before making friends and building trust, either to do business or
consider investing," said its chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg in
an exclusive interview yesterday.
was commenting on the immediate effect of Malaysia Airline's direct flights
between Kuching Balikpapan and Balikpapan Kota Kinabalu.
air service to Balikpapan from Kuching started on Thursday, while to Kota
Kinabalu sector took effect yesterday. According to Karim, BIMP-EAGA
administrative system had been restructured to make it more effective and
operate as a business chamber.
said two areas had been identified for development, namely tourism and
agriculture; food industry at the Small and Medium Enterprise level.
reason is simple. SMEs have always been important in any nations' economy,"
the Sarawak Chapter's immediate plan, he said, it was trying to make the State
into a centre of excellence for training in food and hospitality industry.
signed an MoU with New Zealand's Christchurch Polytechnic Institute in March to
offer the training in Sarawak and at the same time we are trying to develop a
specific cuisine to match the continental foods," he said.
institute, he said, was the main trainer for International Organisation of
Travel Agents (IOTA) and is widely recognised by international tourist players.