France looks forward to strengthening bilateral ties with Sabah

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KOTA KINABALU: France is the latest European Union (EU) country looking forward to strengthening bilateral economic ties with Sabah.

Its Ambassador to Malaysia Axel Cruau said Sabah has excellent potential in the oil and gas industry, forest conservation and tourism that French investors could look into.

“We have a French company opening Club Med Borneo soon, and we are very excited about it,” Cruau said when meeting Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor at Menara Kinabalu near here today.

Club Med Borneo, a 17-hectare eco-friendly 400-room beachfront resort in Kuala Penyu, is expected to open by next year.

And, Cruau, who assumed office in February this year, also noted that Sabah’s economy has further potentials with the shifting of Indonesia’s capital to Kalimantan.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said Sabah, under the Hala Tuju Sabah Maju Jaya Development Plan, welcomed investors and tourists to the state.

“We wish to see more French tourists coming here. Sabah has much to offer with our rich bio-diversity, especially the world heritage Mount Kinabalu, and diverse cultures,” he said.

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