KUCHING – Sarawak has a lot to offer in the digital economy, such as the involvement of its young talent in content development, the digitisation of the market through the internet and distribution hubs, as well as the hosting of server farms as a result of the availability of its energy resources.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government was fully aware that it should not be investing directly into the digital economy, principally because of its fast changing environment and high casualty rate.
He said such an environment was much better handled by the private sector which strived on competition and innovation, while the Sarawak government continued to facilitate the development of the digital economy by the private sector.
With the increasing concern on the impact of fossil fuel on the environment, he said it was only natural for Sarawak to delve into the green energy, focusing on the hydrogen fuel cell and the hydrogen economy, mostly because of its abundant water resources from hydropower.
“Hydrogen energy is now seen to have the greatest potential in transportation. There is good scope for development of green energy in Sarawak because our population is small enough for us to have complete coverage,” he said at the opening of the fourth international Energy Week (IEW) 2018 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.
Abang Johari said, as connectivity was the foundation for Sarawak to progress, the state government was happy to note that the Pan Borneo Highway being implemented currently would support the state’s future development, thereby closing the development gap between the rural and urban areas.
He said more socio-economic activities would be generated through this development, thus increasing market accessibility while the development of Sarawak’s energy sector would also benefit from it.
“One of the many projects that we have achieved and is currently in progress as part of the development of Sarawak’s energy sector is the Baleh Hydroelectric dam, the backbone transmission line, and the Samalaju Industrial Port and Park,” he said, adding that Sarawak aimed to have this renewable energy making up 50 per cent of energy consumption by 2050.
Organised by the state government, the three-day IEW 2018 plays an integral role in promoting sustainable development of the energy sector in Sarawak besides providing a springboard for fostering new strategic partnership and cooperation with both regional and international stakeholders.
The IEW Exhibition this year attracted a record number of exhibitors from 16 countries, including leading international players in the energy as well as oil and gas sectors. – BERNAMA