KOTA KINABALU: Indonesia and Sabah have agreed to work together to curb smuggling activities as barter trade commences in Tawau.
Agriculture and Food Industry minister Datuk Junz Wong expressed his gratitude to Indonesia Consulate General for collaborating on curbing trans boundaries smuggling activities between Sabah and Kalimantan.
“I briefed the Indonesian Consul-General in Kota Kinabalu Krishna Djelani on the opening of trans boundaries barter trade in Tawau, which benefits both countries in commodities trade,” he said.
Djelani was accompanied by Indonesia Consul Rima Diah Pramudyawati.
Krishna said Indonesian officials would be more than happy to collaborate with the Sabah government to ensure the barter trade went smoothly and also to curb smuggling of items including gas cylinders and sundry goods from Tawau to Indonesia and cigarettes from Indonesia.
“I’m glad that the Indonesia Consulate General has given his commitment on the opening of the barter trade in Tawau which would be able to reduce smuggling activities with the joint effort of both countries,” Wong said.
The collaboration between Sabah and Indonesia in the agriculture sector would be further enhanced when Junz and his officials go on a five-day working visit to Jakarta on Oct 25.
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