It was very timely for the NTG to invite us to Darwin. Above all, they have gone all the way to absorbed our hotel, meals and tour expenses. It was a perfect furlough for all of us. A gesture which we will never forget. Forging a relationship we would always nurture for many more decades to come.
Your Minister Styles was stressing on a relationship with sincerity and trust and on a win-win basis. I can understand his feelings as we all are your closest neighbors. He also indicated that he would like to turn Darwin into a transshipment hub, a feat which would take many years to inculcate and develop and it is possible. There is no doubt about it. And you need friends to make everything happen. Friends in high places that share your same dreams and ideals.
So let us plan the strategy. And to make this happen, our basic tool is the country’s import and export statistics that literally show items in details and not combined as a group. Your last years statistics plus the first half of this year would suffice. We will study and discuss this when you visit us soon, but please email the stats first.
We will need few things from you:
An experienced bee-hive keeper who can train our people to develop honey trade as an sme business. Better still, the one who can extract the honey without disturbing the honeycomb and honey is procured through funnel and tubing system. Retired keepers are best because we can give him his furlough in exchange for his knowledge in training our village entrepreneurs in Sabah.
Especially in Perth, we have seen many houses making their fruit jams from all kinds of fruits and sale in small bottles. We have many fruit trees but we never had any value added stuff. Here, we also need those retired but sensible entrepreneurs and in exchange, we offer them flight tickets hotels and meals and of course to tour our country in return.
Next, we would like to have 100 acres of your land and go into vegetable cultivation.
I can organize 50 gardeners to come and start from scratch and gradually reduce their numbers until we can prosper through mechanization. I noticed that the bulk of your veggies comes from the south by rail. We may have comparative advantage and productivity.
I had the chance to visit Palmerston and I am very impressed. I can see that there is still enough room to create another satellite residential village if there is a good undulating land offer. Your O&G is good for Darwin and your population is growing fast. I wonder if there is such land left and cheap too. There is no hurry for this stuff.
Finally, I am proposing for caged fish industry to be encouraged and within BIMPEAGA, we have many expertise that we can send on loan to u. Whatever we are doing here, our ultimate aim is to bring down the cost of doing business here and still at the same time to make money for ourselves.