Driving its digital economy

Abang Johari, accompanied by Mohd Morshidi (right), visiting the exhibition booths at Sarawak Civil Service Day 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

KUCHING: Sarawak has launched its Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022, which outlines 47 strategic plans to drive the state economy to achieve high-income status by 2030.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is confident the strategic actions under the state’s digital economy agenda will spur economic growth to 6% by 2030 and turn Sarawak into a developed state within the next decade.

“The state has developed eight economic sectors for Sarawak Digital Economy that includes agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, smart city, digital health, e-commerce, digital government, sports, social, arts and culture.

“This is supported by seven enablers consisting of digital infrastructure, digital skills and talent development, research and development, digital innovation and entrepreneurship, digital and data, cyber security and digital inclusivity.

“With these comprehensive strategies and action plans, I am confident that our digital economic developments are progressing towards the right direction,” he said at the Sarawak Civil Service Day 2017.

Abang Johari said the 47 strategic actions of Sarawak digital economy transformation covers 29 action plans for various economic sectors and 18 strategic enablers to ensure successful implementation.

He cited the agricultural sector as an example, where the state was keen to introduce ICT and digital technologies to drive innovation and enhance smart, precision farming, as well as setting up efficient distribution system for agriculture inputs and products.

The state would leap frog its Industry 2.0 to Industrial Revolution 4.0 to fuel digital transformation of the manufacturing sector and explore various opportunities for alternative energy such as Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology and application.

The smart city initiative includes provision of clean, reliable and cost-efficient energy using smart technologies, covering water supply, waste management as well as flood management and response system, he added.

The Chief Minister said strategic actions also touched on housing and urban development, public transportation system, improved health services and Sarawak e-commerce ecosystem, as well as the development of a seamless digital government and innovative service delivery.

Abang Johari also launched the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) at the event. SMA will incorporate the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), a state-owned agency to implement the development of the communications and multimedia activities.

“SMA will provide the policy and SDEC shall ensure implementation of the key focus areas of the Sarawak Digital Economy, which include digital infrastructure, cyber security, talent development, e-commerce, research and development in digital technology, digital innovation entrepreneurship and digital government,” he said.

State Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani said the civil service is creating new development modules to prepare civil servants for culture change to support digital economy.

A new development module called digital acumen will be introduced next year to help employees understand and adopt ideas and technologies to enable digital government transformation.

“Among the significant initiatives proposed under digital government is the creation of ‘Service Sarawak’ as a platform to provide truly one-stop and seamless frontline services on behalf of all state agencies and greatly facilitate the ease of doing business in the state,” he continued.

The state government is also set to roll out its big data and Sarawak ID (online identification) services next year.

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