Adding Value to Boost Revenue
CM says state targeting RM10 bln in export of furniture, other timber products by 2030
BANDUNG, Indonesia: Sarawak has set a target of RM10 billion in export of timber products by 2030, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said.
He pointed out that of the RM10 billion-target, RM6 billion was to be derived from the export of furniture.
“Sarawak has to add value to its resources through strategic industries such as forestry in order for the state to be able to gain enhanced benefits from the resources,” he said.
Abang Johari said this in his keynote address during the graduation ceremony of a group of young furniture designers under Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation’s (STIDC) Pool of Young Designers (Poyod) programme, at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) here yesterday.
The chief minister arrived here Tuesday to witness the graduation of a pioneer group of Poyod students who had completed their one-year course at ITB in association with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
Abang Johari said although the RM10 billion-target was a tall order, it had to be worked on as part of the plan to transform the timber industry from one that was heavily dependent on the export of primary and secondary timber products, to high-value-added products.
He also revealed that total earning from the export of timber products from Sarawak in 2018 was RM5.4 billion.
Of the total, the export of furniture was only worth RM43 million, he added.
On the Poyod programme, he expressed confidence that it could help spur innovation and creativity in design which he said was important for the growth of the furniture industry in Sarawak.
He was happy to note that since the programme’s implementation last year, it had successfully generated potential sales worth RM200 million following Poyod’s participation in international exhibitions with the new designs in India, Australia and Dubai.
Orders based on the new and elegant designs were certainly new market openings for companies that participated in the training programme, Abang Johari added.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who accompanied the chief minister on the short trip, also spoke at the event.
Others present were International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Assistant Minister Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Urban Development and Resources Assistant Minister Datu Len Talif Salleh, Indonesian Consul General in Kuching Yonny Tri Prayitno, Unimas vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, and STIDC general manager Hashim Bojet.