Sarawak delegation back from Gulf states


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Jan 2008

KUCHING: A high-powered delegation from Sarawak led by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud had just returned from a visit to the Gulf nations to woo investors for the state’s proposed regional economic corridor. 

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman described the response as “positive”. 

“We want the rich Gulf states to invest in our energy-intensive industries. At the same time, they are interested in investing in this part of the world,” said Daud, who was part of the delegation. 

The 12-day visit, which ended on Wednesday, covered Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. 

Members of the delegation included Public Utilities Minister Datuk Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, state secretary Datuk Wilson Baya Dandot and senior officials from Sarawak Energy Bhd and local financial institutions. 

In Qatar, Taib paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Jassim Jabir Al-Thani and attended meetings with the Qatar Islamic Bank, Qatar Al-Rayyan Bank and the Qatar Investment Authority. 

In Kuwait, the delegation held meetings with the Kuwait Investment Authority, Kuwait Finance House and Kuwait Chamber of Business. 

From there, the delegation flew to Bahrain to meet Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassa Fakhro and the management of Unicorn Investment. 

The delegation also went to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE to meet the management of the Emirates Trading Agency, Al-Ghurain Group and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.  

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