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Sarawak to launch blueprint to becoming leading digital economy by 2030

Sarawak to launch blueprint to becoming leading digital economy by 2030

21 Jun 2022

Sarawak’s Digital Economy Blueprint will set out the roadmap for the state to secure its future as a modern and leading digital economy and society by 2030, said state premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The blueprint, the foundation to the state’s Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030, builds on Sarawak’s existing Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022 and will be underpinned by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, he said.

The Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022, which was launched in December 2017, is coming to an end this year.

Speaking at the 5th International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (IDECS) 2022 in Kuching on Tuesday (June 21), Abang Johari said the digital blueprint will focus on nurturing an integrated ecosystem to foster inclusive digital society, building the right foundations to grow the digital economy, as well as fostering business growth and a vibrant technology sector.

It will also centre on capitalising on digital technologies to maximise digital value, and delivering simple, secure and trusted service, he said.

“It will align with the national and global blueprints and recognises that the government plays an enabling role with focus on developing both public and private sector economies. The public-private and community partnership will provide a platform to bring about successful economic transformation,” added Abang Johari.

Former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint in March last year to drive the country’s high-income nation aspirations.

Abang Johari said data centre infrastructure will be the force in the growth of the digital economy in Sarawak.

“This was very apparent during the Covid-19 pandemic when cloud computing technology enabled us to persevere and adapt to the new normal. Businesses, governments and end-users all depend on data centres to host, process, analyse and access their data.

“The Sarawak government together with the private sector is actively planning to develop and adopt green data centres in the state. These data centres will become our primary repository for the Sarawak government data storage, management and dissemination,” he said.

The premier noted that Sarawak embarked on a digital economy in 2018 to shift its dependence on a non-renewable resources economy.

Source: The Edge Markets

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