Grassroots leaders in Limbang learn about the digital economy

Paulus (second from left) handing a certificate-of-participation to Temenggong Nicholas Boyok Pura (right). On the left is Azam deputy chief executive officer Rosalind Yang Misieng.

KUCHING, Sept 6: To ensure Sarawakians are well-prepared to participate in the digital economy, the first in a series of Randau Digital Sarawak workshops themed `Ke Arah Masyarakat Digital’ was held in Limbang yesterday.

Organised by Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak, about 100 community leaders and members of Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs) from Limbang Division attended.

The workshop focused on familiarising and educating these grassroots leaders on development strategies and trends under the digital economy agenda as well as equipping them with the relevant knowledge and networking to enable them to mobilise their communities to initiate activities that promote and nurture digital economy.

Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang was the guest-of-honour for the randau session ‘Peranan pemimpin dalam menggerak masyarakat akar umbi ke arah ekonomi digital’, which allowed the participants to discuss the future of digital economy in the Limbang Division.

About 100 community leaders and members of Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) from Limbang Division attended the Randau Digital Sarawak workshop.

“There are many opportunities under the digital economy for us to explore, especially in terms of agriculture in Limbang, where we are lacking in manpower,” said Paulus, adding that it was difficult to find workers in Limbang, citing cases where farmers or smallholders had been struggling to maintain their farms and collect their produce due to this problem.

“There are some initiatives where automated irrigation systems have been applied to solve these kinds of problems.”

He advised those present to take advantage of free platforms like MyBazar or social media to sell their products for a wider market reach.

The next workshop is scheduled to be held this November for Miri Division. — DayakDaily