LAST_UPDATEWed, 18 Jul 2018 11pm

Johor Plans Five Overseas Trade Missions To Attract Investors

Jimmy Puah Wee Tse.Jimmy Puah Wee Tse.

ISKANDAR PUTERI -- The Johor state government plans to undertake five trade promotion missions this year to not only attract foreign investors but also explore new business opportunities.

State International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee Chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said the trade missions to Singapore, Japan, Hyderabad and Europe would focus on high-technology and halal sectors.

“This will be in line with the construction of the Johor Halal Park in Pasir Gudang which had already attracted several large foreign investors.

“There is strong demand and large markets to tap within the halal sector. The halal products we have now are in great demand in Indonesia, the Middle East and China,” he told reporters here today. 

Puah said he will meet with a delegation of investors from Hyderabad tomorrow to discuss his future trade mission to the Indian city.

“Additionally, next month, I will attend the Singapore International Water Week and will visit the industrial areas there to see what new advancements that can be brought back to Johor,” he said.

In a separate development, Puah said the state government would re-evaluate the implementation of the Johor Strategic Growth Plan (JSGP) by the previous government to ensure its viability and relevance to the needs of the people and Johor’s development.

He also said the re-evaluation would allow the state government to amalgamated it with the North Johor Corridor (NJC) growth plan featured in the Pakatan Johor’s 14th General Election manifesto.

The NJC would encompass the districts of Muar, Segamat and Tangkak, which would become the entry points into the corridor and hubs for the National Feedlot Centre (NFC).

“The JSGP was introduced by the previous government to develop districts according to their potential. We will re-examine it to determine if it can be actually be done and if it is in line with the policies and direction of the current administration.

“Furthermore, we have found that the previous plan was to turn Segamat into an agriculture hub but after we re-examined the district’s true potential, we can transform it into a major NFC hub. So, we have to re-visit all development plans,” he added.