More than 20,000 people are expected to visit the biennial Sarawak Timber and Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) Expo 2017 which will be held from 18 to 21 May, 2017 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

The Expo, jointly organised by Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC)
and Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Trade and Investment (MEITI), will benefit the SMEs in the state through networking, trade promotion and product sales.

Themed “Timber and Beyond”, this third edition of Sarawak Timber and SMEs Expo 2017 will mark yet another milestone to promote Sarawak timber and SMEs.

The Expo is held in conjunction with the state-level SMEs Week and supported by SME Corp, Sarawak branch.

There will be forums and pocket talks which will be conducted by credible and experienced local speakers and I believe the forums will provide a platform for renowned corporate leaders and successful local entrepreneurs to chart future businesses.

“Local SMEs should take advantage of this learning discourse to learn and re-learn and gain insights into the latest of business techniques during this session”, said Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Trade and Investment Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan at a press conference held at Wisma Sumber Alam in Petra Jaya here, yesterday.

He explained that SMEs had been the backbone of Sarawak and Malaysia’s economic growth in the last decades.

Recognising their (SMEs) efforts and contributions towards econom ic development and progress, SME Week is held to promote awareness, showcase products and services from the diverse industries and it will also forge the spirit of entrepreneurship, whilst allowing the discovery of potential investment opportunities that will enable businesses to reach greater heights.

Tengah said the main aim of the Expo is to provide a platform for exhibitors to promote trade and sales of timber and non-timber products produced by local manufacturers.

He said through the Expo, local entrepreneurs would also be able to showcase and highlight the fin est furniture and latest products the industry had to offer.

As a One-Stop Centre, the Expo is an ideal avenue for both buyers and suppliers of timber and
non-timber related products and services to source for products and establish networking with potential local and foreign buyers.

“The Expo will showcase a wide variety of products from 230 confirmed exhibitors taking more than 400 booths, including those from Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Thailand and China”, he said, adding the timber products would include sawn timber, plywood,
veneer, furniture and its compo nents whilst the SMEs would display Sarawak Layer Cakes, dried fish products like ‘ikan tahai’, beverages, cosmetics, clothing and accessories, homestay and many more.

He added that the Expo highlight would be the showcasing of “House of Acacia” and “Bamboo Gallery”.

Tengah said they targeted to achieve total sales worth more than RM1 million from this year’s Expo.

“In the Expo 2015, we made total sales of RM1 million while the total potential sales of timber and non-timber products was worth RM94 million”, he disclosed.