Make Sarawak pro-trade and pro-investment destination

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THE SARAWAK government needs to review and improve the management of its seaports through the adoption of innovations and new technologies.

In making the call, Head of State Tun Pehin Abdul Taib Mahmud urged the state government to look into the matter to improve the ecosystem and ensure Sarawak will be a pro-trade and pro-investment destination.

“I am confident that with the development of the modern infrastructure we have, Sarawak will become a competitive investment destination in the region,” he said in his address at the 19th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting on Tuesday (May 17).

He said as Sarawak is an open economy, seaports play an important role in facilitating the movement of goods as this will increase trade and support the food supply chain.

“I also welcome the efforts of the Sarawak government to continue to provide an efficient transportation system to the major economic centres in Sarawak.

“This public transportation system will use low carbon emission technology and adopt digital solutions,” he said.

Taib also noted that the state government is strongly committed to providing basic infrastructure and telecommunication services to the people.

“The development of basic infrastructure such as road network, provision of water and electricity supply, upgrading of bridges will accelerate socio-economic development and improve the quality of life of the people,” he said.

Most importantly, he said that the stage government must place immediate emphasis on addressing late infrastructure and telecommunications projects to ensure timely delivery.

“I am happy that the implementing agency will expedite the implementation of infrastructure projects that have been delayed due to COVID-19 so that the people can enjoy the benefits,” he said.

Going forward, he hoped the state government will continue to improve its internet connectivity and attract more new industries to Sarawak.

“Through digital transformation, Sarawak will have the opportunity to enjoy high incomes, with higher efficiency and productivity,” he said.

He believed that the digital transformation will help enhance many of the business ecosystems, reduce bureaucratic inefficiencies, increase transparency and ensure Sarawak is well connected to the world through industry collaboration.

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