Eyeing RM8 BLN earnings by 2030

Awang Tengah (seated, third left) with others during a photocall at the STIDC special assembly

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has set a target of earning of RM8 billion from the export of timber and timber products by 2030.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this has been outlined by the Sarawak Economic Action Council (SEAC) in its economic action plan.

“The way forward for our local timber industry is to transform its business operations for long-term sustainability in line with the Timber Industry Master Plan.

“Our local timber industry players cannot continue to rely on natural forest alone but to utilise more timber from planted forest,” he said when officiating at the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) special assembly today.

The deputy chief minister said industry players must move towards downstream high value-added activities.

“These are such as furniture and engineered wood products, employing Industry Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) to enhance productivity and competitiveness. At the same time, they must also explore new markets beyond the existing traditional markets,” he said.

Awang Tengah said STIDC is now implementing the training programme to develop young designers in Sarawak. 
“This is necessary to address the need to have talented and skilled designers for the furniture industry. STIDC’s target is to train 100 young designers by 2030.

“These are to aggressively promote the Sarawak Young Designers Programme (SayD’SignersSarawak), commercialise new designs developed by local young designers for export market and attract more investments in the furniture industry”.

Awang Tengah added that the young designers are able to showcase their talents and designs at the international expos in Dubai, Mumbai and Milan.

“This is indeed a great achievement for our young designers and I hope STIDC will continue to work closely with Unimas (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak), Institut Teknologi Bandung and POLI.design Milan, in close collaboration with our industry players in order to achieve greater heights”.