KOTA KINABALU: The four states in Borneo, the world's third largest island, could gain from greater collaboration in agriculture, tourism and conservation because of their geographical and cultural similarities.
Agustin Teras Narang, the governor of Central Kalimantan, said that the different states could complement each other and emerge stronger economically in the wake of the global financial crisis.
Sabah and Sarawak, Kalimantan and Brunei collectively have a population of about 18 million.
Agustin, who is the coordinator of Kalimantan's four provinces, said it would be useful to study the strengths of the states and later collaborate in several sectors of the economy.
"We can use the synergy among the states to cover any weaknesses we may have and move in a spirit of unity, complementing one another like the European Union," he said at the end of a cultural exploration visit here over the weekend.
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