Ministry to do more to equip Sarawakians with digital knowledge, resources

Minister for International Trade and e-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh (third right) presents a souvenir to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the closing of Sarawak e-Commerce Forum 2017.

KUCHING, Nov 7: More workshops and seminars will be held to provide digital knowledge and courses to help Sarawakian entrepreneurs succeed in the global digital economy race.

Minister for International Trade and e-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said his ministry would nurture an e-commerce mindset through seminars, workshops, activities and programmes in relation to the digital economy and e-commerce.

“In the digital realm, the entire world is our playground. We must transform our mindset and quickly create a different organisational culture and norms for our business.

“We must change and change we must by opening our mental windows to see changes as opportunities,” he said at the closing of Sarawak e-Commerce Forum 2017, one of the many workshops organised by his ministry.

He said, Sarawak, with a rather small internal market of merely 2.6 million population, must link to the rest of the world via information technology to leapfrog the state’s development towards the digital economy.


He also mentioned about the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ), the Malaysian e-commerce window to the world for ASEAN SMEs and the preferred gateway of choice for global brands and market places into ASEAN.

Guests-of-honour are seen together with participants at the closing of Sarawak e-Commerce Forum 2017.

It is hoped to double the growth of SMEs’ goods exports to US38 billion by 2025, create 60,000 jobs by 2025 and facilitate USD65 billion in goods movement by 2025.

Wong, who is also the Second Minister for Finance, hoped that a Sarawak version of the DFTZ could be set up in Kuching to facilitate international e-commerce and invigorate local Internet-based innovation, making the state a regional hub in this part of the region. — Dayak Daily

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