Johor strives to increase exports value

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JOHOR BAHRU (Oct 15): The Johor state government will strive to increase the value of its exports and maintain its position as one of the major contributors to the country's exports next year.

Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said the state needed to further intensify its efforts and be consistent in all aspects of the economy to face the global economic uncertainty and market demand.

He said besides major products such as machinery, transport equipment, minerals, petrochemical and food, the Muar Furniture Park was also expected to boost the government's efforts towards achieving its goal.

According to him, the bustling export trade activities were supported by the presence of several gateways to the state, namely Johor Port, Port of Tanjung Pelepas and the Johor causeway.

“We also want to encourage more players from the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) or mid-tier companies to export their products,” he told reporters after officiating the Export Day Johor 2019 programme organised by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) here, today.

Last year, Johor was the second largest exporter with a value of  RM257.67 billion, after Penang which recorded RM288.84 billion.

Dr Sahruddin said this when commenting on the state’s export direction for 2020.

Also present were MATRADE deputy chief executive officer Sharimahton Mat Saleh, Johor state secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani, and Johor International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse.

A total of 200 industry players consisting of SMEs and mid-tier companies in the state participated in the programme, which provides the platform for entrepreneurs to get the latest information on the initiatives to expand their market to the international level. — Bernama