S’kan port’s location strategic
Published on: Friday, March 22, 2019
By: Mardinah Jikur

SANDAKAN: The strategic location of Sandakan Port has the potential to make it the centre of transhipment and logistics in the east coast.

Sandakan Municipal Council President, Datuk Peter Hii Chang Lik, said, this will be good for national interest and people will benefit from it.

In short, with the BIMP-EAGA initiatives, Sandakan will benefit from the trade relations with our neighbouring countries. 

“We are looking forward to see this happen soon.”

He added, Sandakan’s location is strategic for trade, tourism and barter-trade activities especially Sandakan-Philippines for our neighbouring countries. 

“We are connected by air and sea to most major cities in Asia,” he said.

With the help from the government, by upgrading airports and seaports, this will definitely bring in more tourists and business opportunities to our territory.

He said this while officiating the Installation Ceremony of BIMP-EAGA Malaysia Business Council (BEMBC) Sandakan at Sabah Hotel, here, Wednesday.

Also present, are Chairman of BIMP-EAGA (Malaysia), Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamad, Chairman of BIMP-EAGA (Sabah), Carl Moosom, Chairman of BEMBC (Sandakan), Dato’ Sri Loo Yap Kiang and other guest.

BIMP-EAGA was launched in 1994, and aimed to accelerate economic development in, i.e. Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. 

On March 20, this year, BIMP-EAGA Malaysia Business Council (BEMBC) Sandakan was formed by a group of proactive and voluntary people of Sandakan. 

He hoped the entire BEMBC Sandakan team can work together to perform their duties diligently to achieve their mission.

Earlier, Roselan said, BIMP-EAGA Sabah is always committed to run its mission and vision, which includes caring for the development of the environment. 

He said BIMP-EAGA Sabah is also committed in looking into manufacturing investment in Sandakan and the State as a whole. 

About BEMBC Sandakan, he hoped the team will actively run their activities to boost local economy.

Meanwhile, Loo Yap Kiang said, Sandakan has been in the barter trade with Southern Philippines as well as traders from Nunukan and Tarakan which is closer to Tawau, for ages. 

“We also would like to say our appreciation and thank you to Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who approved the re-opening of the barter trade in Sandakan, Tawau and Kudat,” he said. 

He said barter trade and transhipment activities will boost the economy and employment of locals, especially in Sandakan. 

He also noted that the Northern Australia had also expressed interest in doing business within BIMP – EAGA.


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