Emphasis on digital economy, environmental sustainability to power Sarawak’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery

Digital devices and data. — DayakDaily.com file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

KUCHING, Oct 12: Sarawak Economic Action Council (SEAC) has identified 10 main sectors to help facilitate and strategise the state’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery.

Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit disclosed these sectors placed emphasis on the state’s digital economy and also environmental sustainability

“The 10 main sectors are namely public data centres and innovation, mining, high level productivity for commercial agriculture and commodities, high value downstream manufacturing, and rejuvenating Sarawak forests through aggressive forest planting industry.

“This includes tourism diversity, quality social services, renewable energy, future coordination of education and human resources and basic infrastructure development,” she highlighted during a webinar session when launching the e-Sarawak Public Service Innovation Day and Week 2020 today.

She revealed Sarawak is in the process of formulating and implementing a digital economy initiative with a comprehensive plan for 17 areas such as law and governance, digital government, digital data, cybersecurity, digital infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, services and e-commerce.

At the same time, Sabariah noted, the state government is aware that in the era of the digital world, the importance of innovation culture is crucial to make Sarawak a competitive and inclusive state in terms of the implementation of integrated development initiatives towards the achievement of the digital economy by 2030.

“Therefore, the Sarawak government has also reviewed the development strategy under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) which has been affected by the pandemic outbreak.

“This is to enable Sarawak to adapt to the new norm and be resilient, in order to catalyse the state’s future economic growth and development,” she added. — DayakDaily