Malay federation mulls rope manufacturing venture

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Federation of Brunei Malay Entrepreneurs (PPPMB) is considering a venture in the industrial rope market with help from potential Chinese business partners and the Brunei government.

The project will involve importing from China the Agave Sisalana, better known as the sisal plant. The plant, with sword-like leaves, are commercially grown for their hardy fibres to make industrial ropes used by companies in the oil and gas industry, and even textile making.

"Japan is one of the major importers of the sisal plant rope, which is used in the oil and gas industry due to its sturdiness," Jeffery Duraman Kassim, PPPMB secretary general.

"Brunei's climate is very suitable for this plant, so it should be able to produce a large yield. The global demand for the fibres is also very favourable."

The federation is hopeful that the government would support it in obtaining land for commercial agriculture.

China grows the plant on a 200-hectare land, Jeffery said, adding that the federation would be happy if it is able to get 20 hectares.

"With support from the government, I believe that this will be a good project in diversifying the local economy," the secretary general told The Brunei Times.

Federation officials, during their visit to Nanning City for the China-Asean Exposition, met up with sisal rope manufacturers.

"(Officials of) the company that grows the sisal plant in China are very interested to come in to Brunei for a joint venture. They are ready to provide the expertise and technology as well."

The Brunei Times