Thu 14 Mar 2013
Filed under: ASEAN,Business / Trade,News
Singapore’s National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the island-state is looking to Myanmar to be a source for produce, particularly seafood and vegetables, according to Singapore media reports.
Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, he said the Singaporean government is “particularly hopeful of Myanmar becoming a good food source,” because it is nearby and a fertile country. It also used to be a major rice exporter in the past, he said.
According to one report online, Khaw Boon Wan said that Singapore conducts regular overseas trade missions to potential sources such as Vietnam, Myanmar and South America, and that one delegation was in Myanmar last year.
“Already, some traders in the delegation are keen to bring in chillis, to test our local market’s reception,” he is reported as saying.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore would also facilitate partnerships between Singapore farmers and Myanmar supply chain partners, he added.