By Ling Hui
KUCHING, July 22: There will be an additional 200,000 high paying jobs generated in Sarawak, bringing the total number of employment to 1.5 million by 2030 through the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.
Through initiatives identified in PCDS 2030, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawakian youths will have increased opportunities to secure high income jobs for their career advancement and to improve their standards of living.
He said this can be achieved through the development of six key economic sectors namely manufacturing, commercial agriculture, tourism, forestry, mining and social services, supported by seven key enablers which are digital transformation, innovation, basic infrastrucutre, transport, utilities, renewable energy, education and human capital development.
With higher job opportunities and greater income, he emphasised that the monthly median household income in Sarawak is projected to relatively increase from RM4,544 in 2019 to RM15,047 in 2030.
Besides creating more job opportunities, Abang Johari said PCDS 2030 will also bring economic prosperity to Sarawak by increasing the State’s investment value and transforming it into an attractive investment destination.
“The value from private investment to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will increase from RM21.0 billion in 2020 to RM61.5 billion in 2030, or an increase of 11.2 per cent per annum.
“The share of private investment to GDP in 2030 will be 21.9 per cent,” he said during the launching ceremony of PCDS 2030 at Pullman Hotel here today.
Through quality investment, he added, the services sector’s contribution to Sarawak GDP will increase from 34.7 per cent in 2020 to 38.9 per cent in 2030 while the manufacturing sector’s contribution will increase from 26.8 per cent in 2020 to 29.0 per cent by 2030.
As Sarawak continues to develop and modernise the primary sector to increase productivity to support high value manufacturing activities such as oleochemical, food processing, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, hydrogen and metal-based products, growth in the services sector especially transport and logistic, financial and legal, design and creative services will be complemented as well.
Among those accompanying Abang Johari were State secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing. — DayakDaily