Sarawak invites Huawei to invest in data centre, Chinese solar manufacture for operation expansion

Awang Tengah (fifth left) and the Sarawak delegation discussing various areas where the Sarawak government can collaborate with Huawei during a meeting in China.

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KUCHING, June 8: Sarawak has extended an invitation to Huawei to invest in the State’s data centre.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan communicated this opportunity to Huawei officials during his visit to the Huawei Enterprise Digital Transformation Exhibition in Shenzhen, China today.

Awang Tengah, who is also International Trade, Industry and Investment Minister, commended Huawei for its numerous innovative solutions.

He took the opportunity to congratulate Huawei on its 22nd year in Malaysia and expressed gratitude to the company for its numerous collaborations with the Sarawak government.

During the meeting, Awang Tengah received a comprehensive briefing on the various technologies and initiatives developed by Huawei for the digital economy, including implementation of smart processes in city management, manufacturing, agriculture, mining and services.

According to a media release today, Huawei is also a platinum partner with Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) for the World Congress on Innovation and Technology 2023, with a sponsorship value of USD1.5 million.

The event, scheduled for October this year, will provide both Huawei and SDEC with an opportunity to showcase the successful outcomes of their collaborative efforts.

Earlier in a visit to Zhuhai, Awang Tengah also welcomed a Chinese solar manufacturer’s intention to expand its operation to Sarawak which is situated in a strategically advantageous location for investors to access and penetrate regional and global markets.

The company which offers a wide range of products catering to residential, commercial and industrial use, has expressed plans to expand beyond mainland China to cater to the increasing demand from the global market.

Awang Tengah emphasised that Sarawak’s established ecosystem in Sama Jaya and Samalaju makes it an ideal destination for these potential projects.

These initiatives align with Sarawak’s Post-Covid Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, which prioritises data and technology-driven growth.

Currently, Awang Tengah is leading a Sarawak delegation to China for the Ministry of International Trade, Industry and Investment (Mintred) Connects programme which aims to facilitate trade and investment promotion, fostering connections between Sarawak entrepreneurs with potential partners and investors from around the world.

Deputy Minister for International trade and Investment Datuk Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Mintred advisor Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Mintred acting permanent secretary Dzulkornain Masron, Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director Lester Mathew, Land and Survey Department director Abdullah Julaihi, Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) chief executive officer Datu Ismawi Ismuni, Sarawak Energy Berhad chief operating officer James Ung were present. — DayakDaily