KUCHING: The set up of energy-intensive and heavy industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) will create lots of spin-off economic activities for small and medium industries (SMIs), said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
He said, besides the proposed aluminium smelter plants, SCORE would attract other industries like steel, nickel and glass.
“These industries will spur spin-off downstream activities for the SMIs,” he said when opening a two-day seminar on SCORE at Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel here recently.
The event organised by the Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry attracted 400 participants.
Taib said the proposed set up of a world-class pulp and paper mill in SCORE would provide opportunities for the manufacture of paper and chemical tissues used in the surgery industry.
He said the exploitation of the state’s huge hydro resources (24,000MW) and coal resources (1.46 billion tonnes) would be a major push for the development of energy-intensive industries on a sustainable basis.
“The food industry is another area where big investors can lead in investment and then get the SMIs to come in.”
Taib said that Tanjung Manis (which has a deepsea fishing port) in Mukah Division would be turned into a halal food hub.
He said, with the development of large-scale tree plantations, the state would double timber production to 20 million cubic metres by 2020.
The state is also embarking on big-scale oil palm plantation projects, which would facilitate the development of the bio-diesel industry.
Taib said, as SCORE was expected to create 1.6 million jobs by 2030, the state had to produce many professionals and skilled workers.
Later, Taib told reporters that the state was still head hunting for a chief executive officer to head the Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda).
Recoda will spearhead the development, management and promotion of SCORE.
Earlier in his speech, Deputy Minister for Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said his ministry was committed to supporting the development of SCORE as it offered vast opportunities to entrepreneurs and co-operatives.