State to unveil Covid-19 economic exit strategy soon

Abang Johari on exit strategy.

KUCHING: Sarawak’s Covid-19 Economic Exit Strategy will be unveiled in the next month or two, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“I am still drafting it. The core (of the plan) is sustainability and the digital economy. When we say about sustainability, it means we will go for green technology as well as tourism. This will relate to our nature and culture.

“There are still various approaches that are still being worked on to transform our state to be a developed state.

“Singapore is also doing the same thing now, and like us, they are also targeting for 2030,” he told a press conference today.

Abang Johari said for Sarawak to be a developed state in the current environment amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, it needed a certain platform for it to succeed.

“It has to be based on technology. We have to upgrade our basic infrastructure including our digital infrastructure.

“We are now talking about (internet) speed, telecommunication towers that are needed to provide infrastructure development in the rural areas. Rural areas are important as we want to transform the whole state,” he said.

The chief minister also said in terms of forestry, Sarawak was aiming to conduct reforestation, planting trees that have been cut for industrial activities.

“We are also going for hydrogen economy and we need technology to do so. This will be our exit strategy and I will unveil it when it is ready in one to two months,” he said.

Last year, Abang Johari formed the Sarawak Economic Action Council to facilitate the state government’s post-Covid-19 exit economic strategy up to 2030.

He said this was to formulate action plans for achieving a new economic agenda for Sarawak.