CM invited to speak at Commonwealth HQ

Abang Johari (fourth left) presents a souvenir to Baroness Scotland (fifth left) during their meeting.

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LONDON: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg gave a special address at the Commonwealth Diplomats Induction Programme held at Malborough House here yesterday.

The invitation to speak came from the Commonwealth Secretariat.

“The secretariat’s invitation was also for the purpose of follow-up on the Commonwealth Leadership Academy collaboration in which Sarawak has a significant role to play.”

“The Chief Minister spoke about Sarawak’s experience through the years to develop its economy, maintain racial and religious harmony, protect the environment, preserve and conserve wildlife, develop its renewable energy resources and develop its economy sustainably,” said the Chief Minister Office in a press statement today.

Abang Johari’s speech also gave special emphasis on Sarawak’s current push towards transforming itself into a digital economy and pointed out that the digital revolution had become an unstoppable force.

He said Sarawak had to move away from conventional economics and embrace the digital transformation or risked being left behind.

Abang Johari (right) delivers his address to participants at the diplomats induction programme.

To a question from the audience during a Q&A session, Abang Johari said that a government must match its policies with the aspiration of the younger generation.

In Sarawak, he added, where youth comprised about 60 per cent of the population, the shift towards the digital economy would give opportunities for the young who are Internet literate to be actively involved in the digitisation of the economy.

Earlier, upon arrival at Malborough House, Abang Johari and his delegation met with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland.

Among those accompanying the Chief Minister during the meeting were State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy State Secretary Datu Sabariah Putit and Emerging Leaders Dialogue Asia 2016 organising chairman Adrian Jerome.

They had about half-an-hour of discussions that touched on the efforts to create platforms for the enhancement of leadership roles among emerging leaders in Commonwealth countries.

Abang Johari is scheduled to fly back to Kuching today after leading a two-week long study visit to Europe.

Picture shows the Chief Minister
• The Chief Minister presenting a souvenir to Baroness Scotland during their meeting, and
• The Chief Minister giving his address to participants of the diplomats induction programme.