Charting the way forward as Sarawak lays out 12 initiatives

The State Legislative Assembly in session.

CHIEF Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has laid out twelve initiatives to chart the way forward for Sarawak as it seeks to recover from the global economic slump amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

These are Digital Transformation, Innovation, Education and Human Capital, Agriculture, Services Sector, Infrastructure and Utilities, Transportation, Renewable Energy, Tourism, Forestry Manufacturing and Entrepreneur Development and Mining.

“As the Chief Minister, I believe Sarawak is on the right track to become a high-income economy by year 2030.

“However, to be one, Sarawak must have sufficient talent and good infrastructure, public amenities, good communication and connectivity that can support and attract private investments.

“This is why the state government has allocated substantial fund for these purposes,” he said when winding up the debates on the State Budget 2021 today.

The chief minister said Sarawak would pursue digital transformation aggressively and build an innovative society by leveraging research on its biodiversity resources. He also emphasised that Sarawak must have an agile workforce to drive the state’s vision.

“Adoption of modern farming technologies and techniques will be intensified as well as enhance the efficiency of our services sector such as transport and logistics, tourism-related services, banking and insurance, housing, healthcare and education,” he said.

Abang Johari added that Sarawak also aims to have world class utilities, which are reliable, economical, safe and sustainable as well as upgrade its transportation sector and utilise environment friendly sources of energy.

He added it was also crucial that the tourism sector recover by boosting tourist arrivals post Covid-19 as well as generate revenue stream from the forestry sector.

He also said Sarawak must strengthen its mining policy as well as give priority to high-value manufacturing industries to propel the recovery of the state’s economy.

“The 2021 Budget is designed to create an investment environment and ecosystem for private sector to invest and crafted to suit a new economic development model.

“Essentially, this is the development strategy of Sarawak government for a better Sarawak in the future,” he said.