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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, May 17: Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has urged the State government to study and improve the management of State seaports.
Delivering his address at the opening of State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today, he said as Sarawak’s economy is an open economy, seaports play an important role in facilitating the movement of goods which will increase trade and support the food supply chain.
“I urge the Sarawak government to review and improve the management of our seaports with the use of innovation and adoption of new technologies to improve the ecosystem and ensure that Sarawak will be a pro-trade and pro-investment destination.
“I am confident that with the development of the modern infrastructure we have, Sarawak will become a competitive investment destination in the region,” he said.
His Excellency also expressed his happiness that the implementing agencies will expedite the implementation of infrastructure projects delayed due to Covid-19 so that the people can enjoy its benefits.
He also welcomed the efforts of the Sarawak government to continue to provide an efficient transportation system which uses low carbon emission technology and adopt digital solutions, to the major economic centers in Sarawak.
Apart from that, Taib said he expects huge socio-economic opportunities as a result of the relocation of the Indonesian capital to Kalimantan.
“The close distance between us and the archipelago will further strengthen bilateral trade relations. I am pleased that Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) has taken a step forward to develop cross-border power connections to West Kalimantan.
“In addition, SEB is also working with Indonesian company to develop hydroelectric projects in North Kalimantan. These two projects will complement the ASEAN Power Grid.
“I hope the private sector out there is ready to seize and capitalise on these trade and economic opportunities in the future,” he emphasised.
Taib also urged the Federal government to work together with the State government to intensify cross-border monitoring and enforcement mechanisms to ensure that the public safety and border security will not be threatened. — DayakDaily