Exports up three-fold by 2030

Abang Johari delivering his speech at the IDECS 2020 opening ceremony. Photo: UKAS

KUCHING: Sarawak’s exports from its manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and mining sectors are expected to triple by 2030.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said more exports of high-value-added products are needed for the state to achieve high-income status by 2030.

“The focus will be on lifting existing productivity levels significantly across all sectors of the economy through the adoption of digital technology, data and innovation.

“We envisage our exports will increase about three times supported by more high-value-added products created from our manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and mining sectors,” he said.

He was officiating at an International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (Idecs) 2020 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today.

Abang Johari said Sarawak’s fourteen sectors have been grouped into eight economic and six enabler sectors.

“This will enable us to identify catalytic initiatives that will drive the sectors to have a high economic, social and environmental impact,” he said.

The chief minister said the eight economic sectors — Commercial Agriculture and Commodities to concentrate on precision farming, manufacturing — transforming to Industry 4.0 and Forestry to focus on reforestation, would be the primary growth engines.

“This includes Tourism to increase visitor economy, mining and its exploration towards a downstream value chain, renewable energy and the potentials of hydrogen, biomass and solar energy and access to affordable and quality services.

“These economic sectors are in turn driven by the six enabler sectors, namely digital transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship, education, infrastructure, transport and utilities,” he said.