By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Feb 7: The formulation of the Action and Implementation Plan (AIP) will assist the Sarawak government to have clear, measurable outcomes to achieve the goals laid out in the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030).
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said he had also reorganised his Cabinet to focus on areas that matter most.
“The reorganisation will further strengthen our service delivery, especially in this challenging time and address the high expectations of the rakyat.
“The AIP of the ministries and the departments and agencies under them will give greater transparency and accountability because what gets measured gets done according to specification, time, and resources,” he said during the launching of AIP for PCDS 2030 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today.
Notwithstanding the success of projects implementation, Abang Johari also stressed that the Sarawak economy would not grow and accelerate without support from the private sector.
He said moving forward, the State’s economy should emphasise developing business models that focus on harnessing the value of its natural resources.
“The development of the industries shall be planned based on its upstream opportunities as well as its midstream and downstream productions and exportability.
“Hence, we invite private players and conglomerates to collaborate with us to unlock such opportunities,” he added.
Sarawak State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, who is also the chairman of the working committee of AIP said, the AIP was about action steps to implement strategies and initiatives of the PCDS 2030 to ensure systematic implementation, reduce risk of failure, and ensure alignment with the desired outcomes and to provide a strategic road map towards 2030.
It will ensure implementing agencies are very clear about their planned outcomes, are sure of how to achieve the results and aspirations, and ensure continuity in the Plan’s implementation to cater for changes in the leadership of the implementing agencies in the future.
In executing AIP, Jaul reminded ministries and its agencies of the need to change the way they work by undertaking seven key actions, including actively reviewing, refining or proposing new policies for the sectors such as Mining Policy; to constantly study or review the existing Ordinance or propose a new ordinance to cater for the new policies or to circumvent hurdles in the implementation process; and to improve, change or revamp current procedures to be relevant to the current situation.
Others include active engagement with the civil society and initiate deliberate actions to improve the poor and B40 group’s level of income; develop clear Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and targets as well as definite actions together with the timelines for each activity to track progress and achievements of individual officers or sectors in the department; promote active collaboration across the ministries, departments, and agencies as well as with the federal agencies; and to have active engagements with the private sector to develop workable business models for economic projects such as agropark, petrochemical hub, and digital transformation.
Jaul also informed that the preparation for the 12th Malaysia Plan Mid-Term Review (12MP MTR) will commence in the third quarter this year to review the existing and consider new initiatives for approval in 2023.
The PCDS 2030 will be the guiding principle, and AIP will be incorporated in all new proposals. — DayakDaily