HIS EXCELLENCY DATO’ DR AZFAR MOHAMAD MUSTAFAR
High Commissioner of Malaysia to Singapore
Heartiest congratulations and felicitations to the Singapore Fruits and Vegetable Importers and Exporters Association (SFVIEA) on the publication of the new edition of the Members’ Directory 2023/2024.
SFVIEA Members’ Directory has been an invaluable source of reference and I am sure the 2023/2024 Edition will continue to be an important reference for various stakeholders.
Malaysia and Singapore are close neighbours with longstanding, deep–rooted, and comprehensive relationship, and this relationship continues to grow from strength to strength.
I am pleased to note that Malaysia and Singapore continue to work closely in various areas of cooperation, especially in the post-COVID-19 recovery phase.
The economic relations between Malaysia and Singapore remain vibrant and robust and benefit the peoples in term of growth and prosperity.
Agriculture goods including fruits and vegetables are important trade products between Malaysia and Singapore. Exports of Malaysian fruits and vegetables to Singapore have seen encouraging growth from year to year, including during the height of the pandemic.
The continued movement of essential goods through the borders had contributed to the continued export growth of these products – an increase of 4.8% to SGD367.9 million in 2020, followed by an 8.4% increase to SGD398.8 million in 2021. For the first four months of 2022, Malaysia’s exports of fruits and vegetables to Singapore were recorded at SGD115.9 million, a 13.6% increase from the same period in 2021.
Once again, congratulations to SFVIEA on the publication of the new edition of the Members’ Directory. I look forward to continuing meaningful collaboration with SFVIEA.