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Sarawak Forms Council to Draw Up Post-Covid-19 Economic Strategy Up to 2030

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

Sarawak has formed an economic action council to draw up a post-Covid-19 economic strategy up to 2030, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Chief Minister said the council, which comprises members of the state Cabinet, private sector professionals and academics, will study in detail 10 key sectors and submit their findings to the state government by September.

The sectors are commercial agriculture, manufacturing, mining, forestry, tourism, education and human capital development, renewable energy, data centre and innovation, services and accelerating basic infrastructure, utilities and transport.

"It is pertinent for the state to get views of stakeholders, including chambers of commerce, professionals and academics, to deliberate in detail the various sectors in order to formulate action plans for achieving the new economic agenda for Sarawak.

"There will be sub-committee members for each sector and they will submit (their reports) to the government by September.

"The government will study (the reports) and that will become the basis for us to formulate our economic agenda after Covid-19 from 2021 up to 2030," Abang Johari told a press conference here on Wednesday (May 6).

He said the state had reviewed its development strategies under the 12th Malaysia Plan in order to recover from the economic impact of Covid-19, remain resilient, adapt to the "new normal" and promote future economic growth.

Moving forward, he added, Sarawak would develop its economic, social and governance sectors based on two core principles of the digital economy and environmental sustainability.

"To enhance our economic productivity and competitiveness, we will intensify our digital economy agenda across all sectors of Sarawak's economy.

"Environmental sustainability will feature prominently in our future development plan. We will ensure that Sarawak achieves a clean, healthy and resilient environment for current and future generations," Abang Johari said.

In line with this, he said the state would enhance the capacity of its data centres and innovation to cater to the demand for digital services such as digital ID, digital wallets and big data.

He also said the state government would focus on sustainable forest management through partnerships with businesses and the community.

"Among the key initiatives are aggressive industrial forest plantations, reforestation of degraded areas and international certification of our forest management practices.

"This effort will help preserve our forest for the future and generate revenue for Sarawak," he said.

Source: The Star

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