KUCHING: The Sarawak government will set up a digital village in Samajaya Free Industrial Zone, which caters for hi-tech industries here, according to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Samajaya is home to electronic manufacturing plants owned by companies from Japan, the United States, China and Europe.
Johari said the digital village project was part of the state’s RM1bil allocation next year to fund its digital infrastructure and programmes under the digital economy initiatives.
The project is currently in the design stage and is expected to be operational by early 2020.
As a precursor to the digital village, Sarawak has recently launched a digital innovation hub to create an ecosystem for talented Sarawakians to innovate and develop digital products and services.
“Some of the hi-tech firms in Samajaya are ready to migrate to Industry 4.0. The Government will facilitate that.
“Sarawak needs to attract more high-tech and high-value industries,” he added in a speech to launch Industrial Revolution 4.0 under the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) here yesterday. Johari’s text of speech was ready by Assistant Minister for E-Commerce, Entrepreneur and Small Medium Enterprises Development.
Samajaya’s latest investor is South Korea’s Iljin Materials Co Ltd, which will invest RM1.2bil to set up manufacturing facilities to produce copper foils used in batteries for smartphones and electric vehicles.
The Sarawak government’s approval letter for the project was handed over to Iljin Materials chairman and CEO Hae Myung Huh by Deputy Chief Minister and Industrial and Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan during a trade mission to Seoul last week.
According to Awang Tengah, the total exports from hi-tech firms in Samajaya were woirth about RM2.3bil in the first nine months this year against RM2.7bil for the whole 2016.
Johari said while it would be a challenge for Sarawak to shift to Industrial Revolution 4.0, SMEs and youths must adopt to the shift to connect to the world and expand trade.
HRDF has collaborated with Sarawak Skills Development Centre, Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) and Knowledgecom Corp Sdn Bhd to spearhead the Industrial Revolution 4.0 initiatives.
According to HRDF CEO Datuk CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran, through the collaboration with PSDC and Knowledgecom, HRDF had set up 26 centres of excellence in technology nationwide,including two in Sarawak, to enable the delivery of high end technology certification programmes with Industry 4.0 standards.
HRDF has also enabled funds for training programmes in ICT adoption and Big Data for employees and prospective employees.
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