Posted on : 02-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is looking forward to forge a strong business partnership with Thailand to develop the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Raymond Tan Shu Kiah.
“We have a big agenda to develop the SMEs in Sabah and it is always nice to have good partners as Thailand is very well ahead in the development of its SMEs,” said Tan who is also the Industrial Development Minister.
“We appreciate to have important friends from Thailand and this is just the beginning of many business exchanges that we are going to have in future,” said Tan during the ‘Thailand-Sabah Business Matching and Networking 2017’ at a hotel here yesterday.
He noted Sabah and Thailand shared many similarities as both also have the same objectives to progress and prosper together in developing the SMEs.
And the friendship between the entrepreneurs from Thailand and Sabah was further boosted when Thai Smile Airways launched its inaugural direct flight between Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu last Sunday.
“Now we have the air connectivity directly from Thailand and we anticipate the same kind of growth that we experienced with South Korea.
“I would think that in future, we get to see more products and things to be brought into Kota Kinabalu and I would suggest perhaps we could establish a Thai supermarket here,” proposed Tan.
At the same time, he said the local products produced by the SMEs here could also be promoted in the supermarket but before that happen we need to improve our quality first, and this is something the SMEs in Sabah could learn from Thailand.
“We have a big SMEs development agenda in Sabah and it is always nice to have good partners because Thailand had been very well ahead of us.
“And if we work together with Thailand, we could improve and match up our standard. And together with Thailand we could market our products in this as well as to Muslim countries,” enthused Tan who also invited the delegation from Thailand to visit KKIP.
He disclosed that now there is a Thai’s company operating in Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) after the bought over F&N Beverages.
“I have proposed to the owner that their existing factory in Kolombong is too small and now they have bought an extra 28 acres land in KKIP,” revealed Tan.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Department of Industrial Promotion chief advisor Sukit Uarmahacharoen said during their visit here they have established a Thai food producer company-Pollawat Food has established partnership with local counterpart-Mama Food.
“Both the companies have the same pattern of industry and they saw some similarity in their recipes. And there is no need to think of investing as through the partnership they can share and learn from each other strength and weaknesses,” said Sukit.
And in order to be successful in the partnership, he said we need to form a friendship mindset only than we can move forward to explore the market beginning with the BIMP-EAGA region before venturing to other parts of Asian.
Sukit is one of the 18 delegates from Thailand led by head of mission Noppadon Oumnoi who is the director of management efficiency development division of the Department of Industrial Promotion. They are here to explore the business opportunities between Thailand and Sabah.
SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES