KUCHING: Digital economy is undoubtedly one of the most important tools in the quest to further advance Sarawak, said Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.
In his statement, Lo said he agreed with the state government’s decision to shift the emphasis from petroleum products to digital economy and environment post Covid-19 in its economic exit plan.
Although the state’s natural resources were important as exploitation of oil and gas continued via downstream and upstream industrial activities, he said a more advanced information technology and digitalisation could better harness, exploit and distribute products and services related to these resources.
“Besides having a better competitive edge with better technology and digitalisation, we are effectively providing a platform for our young people to come together to share and harness innovative ideas from bright young minds.
“Sarawak stands to gain from helping to make our young people’s dreams come to fruition as benefits and due recognition are awarded to them fairly,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.
Lo added that the betterment of digital economy could also help Sarawak in view of the ever-changing economic state.
“When times are good, information technology and digitalisation help us to exploit our resources and maximise our profits.
“When times are bad such as now, we need digital technology to help us to hold meetings online, architects and engineers can design on computers at home, universities and schools can continue to hold lessons online for their students at home and businesses can be conducted online and transactions are also made possible online,” he said.