DIGITAL INITIATIVES EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE RM56.4 BLN TO SARAWAK’S GDP - ABANG JOHARI
KUCHING, May 24 (Bernama) -- The digital economy initiatives undertaken by the Sarawak Government are expected to contribute about RM56.4 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.
Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the figure represents about 20 per cent of the state’s GDP by that year as more than 45,000 new high-paying jobs would be created, with 80 per cent of its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) adopting digitalisation.
“By 2030, there shall be no distinction between the digital economy and the economy. All segments of the economy, namely mining, agriculture and forestry, manufacturing, construction, and services would be digitally driven.
“Ultimately, this will enhance productivity, yield, efficiency and generate high-skilled jobs for our people,” he said when winding up the motion of thanks to the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak’s address for the State Assembly sitting here today.
He said the state government formulated the Sarawak Digital Economy Blueprint 2030 as the road map to transform the state from a conventional resource-based economy to an environmentally sustainable technology-driven one.
According to him, the blueprint is anchored on five strategic pillars covering economic priorities, digital businesses, public sector transformation, frontier technologies adoption and digital readiness.
“The blueprint targets Sarawak to tap a percentage of the global digital economy to flow into Sarawak through strategies to grow cross-border data flow by establishing data centres, digital services delivery and digital foreign direct investments,” he added.