195K high income jobs by 2030

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (left) receives a memento from Deputy State Secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit. Photo: Ukas

1.5 mln jobs for Sarawakians by then: CM

KUCHING: Sarawak is targeting to create 1.5 million jobs by 2030 through the development of human capital and talents.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg anticipated that about 195,000 high-paying jobs would be created through the seven-point agenda under the recently launched Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.

“I recently launched the PCDS 2030, which is a long-term realignment strategy that focuses on the state’s overall socio-economic development through equitable distribution of wealth via jobs and creation of business opportunities.

“We have to realign the state’s economic direction in order to stay on track to achieve the vision of becoming a developed and high-income economy by 2030.

“In the context of capital and talent development, we anticipate the creation of 195,000 high-paying jobs in order to generate a total employment of 1.5 million by 2030,” he said when officiating at the launch of the Graduate Enhancement Training Sarawak (GETS) 4.0 on Wednesday (Sept 15).

Abang Johari said the launch of the programme marked the state government’s recognition of its young local graduates’ academic achievements, diversity, talents and socio-economic contributions throughout Sarawak.

“Looking back, the initial first generation GETS programme first began in 2018 and is still an ongoing initiative for the past three years due to the increasing demand for new workforce.

“However, ever since the year 2020, it was rebranded as GETS 4.0 in order to be more structured and adopt the Fourth Industry Revolution (IR 4.0) approach to further enhance talent development agenda for our youths in Sarawak.

“This is in line with our digital competencies upskilling initiative in the pursuit the objectives of our Digital Economy Agenda (2022).”

Abang Johari said data was an increasingly valuable economic commodity in both the public and private sector data to drive economic growth.

“Therefore, incorporating the IR 4.0 knowledge model means enterprises in Sarawak would need to expand their value-creation capabilities and reshape business models, especially in this tough pandemic environment.”