Summit useful to spur Sarawak’s ambition to become developed state by 2030

Abang Johari delivering his opening address.
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KUCHING, July 21: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg praises the effort by Sarawak’s very own Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd for being able to bring in various players in artificial intelligence (AI) and high technology for the first ever Sarawak Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019.

This morning during his opening address at the summit here, Abang Johari said Serba Dinamik has come a long way, and invited the company to take part in many other state government efforts to improve the state’s high tech infrastructure including its effort in pushing for Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), its hydrogen industry, and particularly the state’s initiative to improve its digital infrastructure for the digital economy.

“We are boosting Internet connectivity throughout the state by setting up the necessary infrastructure to cover the whole of Sarawak so that data can be transmitted in real time within Sarawak and to the rest of the world.

“We have no choice but to embrace these new technologies to become a developed state by the year 2030,” he said.

Serba Dinamik chairman Kadier Sahib (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Abang Johari.

Through the summit, Abang Johari said Sarawak can be placed on the right path to achieving its goal of becoming a developed state by 2030 with the inception of several initiatives to enhance the state’s potential in the digital economy.

He also said that the summit could provide useful insights and disseminate information and knowledge to entrepreneurs and other stakeholders on how to overcome challenges in their adoption of IR4.0 technologies as well as how to build sustainable businesses.

The summit was held in Kuala Lumpur on July 17-18 before being held here on July 20-21 at the Pullman Hotel.

According to a media statement from the organisers, the summit aimed to bring together businesses working on IR4.0 solutions and get them together to initiate ideas. Participants could also discuss concepts as well as implement them.

Local Sarawak company Serba Dinamik Holdings is the organiser of the summit, with co-organiser the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), official partners Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Microsoft Malaysia, Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs), Huawei, as well as technology partner TM One. Additionally, the event is also supported by Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA).

Abang Johari (second left) striking a conversation with the humanoid robot Sophia (right) as Serba Dinamik chairman Kadier Sahib (left) observes.

The summit also saw Sophia the Robot, the social humanoid robot powered by artificial intelligence, featured for the first time in Malaysia.

She took part in several debates and was a panellist in several sessions in Kuala Lumpur and Abang Johari even had a little conversation with her during the opening ceremony in Kuching. — DayakDaily