JOHOR BARU: The Federal Government has approved the setting-up of the Johor Economic, Tourism and Cultural Office (Jetco) in Singapore, paving the way to bring in investments as well as promote the tourism and cultural sector between Johor and the island republic.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said establishment of Jetco Singapore is to promote Johor as a global investment, trade, tourism and cultural destination.
“Especially in the current economic context, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused globalisation and international trade to be severely disrupted.
“Therefore, the establishment of Jetco Singapore will break through the new economic, cultural and tourism narrative post Covid-19, ” said Hasni in a statement.
He said he was informed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry that the Cabinet had approved the establishment of Jetco in Singapore.
“Jetco Singapore will work with the ministries and agencies under the Federal government and the Johor government in an effort to look after the welfare of Johoreans in Singapore, ” he said.
Hasni thanked Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, the ministry’s staff, Johor government civil servants and all parties directly or indirectly involved for their contribution in establishing Jetco Singapore.
“Jetco Singapore is our effort in meeting the global challenges after Covid-19.
“Hopefully this effort can restore Johor as the most competitive state in the region, ” he said.Jetco Singapore is part of the recently announced seven state initiatives called Tujuh Ikhtiar Makmur Johor to help raise investors’ confidence in Johor.
The others include the establishment of Ibrahim Johor Economic Council (IJEC), Johor Digital Masterplan, Singapore-Johor-Riau Growth Triangle Development (SIJO-Kepri), the New Economic Alignment, Johor Food Bank and the Johor Sustainable Development Plan 2019-2030.
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