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Sarawak To Develop Timber Downstream R&D Centre

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KUCHING – A timber downstream research and developmentcentre costing RM5 million will be established in the state next year.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said this was to increase the number of value added downstream timber based industries within the next five years.

“The centre will be tasked to improve the current technologies and develop innovations that can help to strengthen the industries,” he said when presenting the Supply (2017) Bill 2016 at the state Legislative Assembly sitting here today.

He said Sarawak also aimed to have more value added downstream activities for the non resource sector leveraging on the existing heavy industries in the Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu and in Matadeng, Mukah.

“Preliminary works will be undertaken to develop SME clusters and supporting industries in these areas,” he said.

The state government would also continue with its plan to improve and enhance the existing industrial parks in Rantau Panjang in Sibu, and Demak Laut in Kuching, he said.

He said a sum of RM2 million would be allocated next year to implement these projects.

Adenan said the government would optimise land utilisation within industrial estates by introducing new conditions in the alienation of land for industrial uses so that more SMEs could be established in such areas.

On the oil and gas downstream industry, he said the government would intensify its negotiation with Petronas to ensure continuous supply of oil and gas to develop more industries in the state.

“In addition, we will set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with other established oil and gas companies in the exploration of upstream oil and gas resources,” he added. – BERNAMA

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