Tuesday, 01 Oct 2019
By By SHARON LING
KUCHING: Sarawak needs to invest more in reskilling and upskilling its workforce to meet the needs of the state’s digital economy initiative, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.
The Chief Minister said rapid advances in nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, data science, robotics, cybersecurity and other emerging technologies were changing the nature of jobs and the skills needed in a digital economy environment.
“Companies will not simply be able to fall back on hiring new employees as they attempt to future-proof their workforce.
“To address the problem, we need to invest more in workforce reskilling and upskilling,” he said when delivering a keynote address on “Unlocking the potential of digital economy for Sarawak” at the Immersive Learning Summit hosted by Eon Reality at its innovation academy in Bologna, Italy.
The text of the speech was released to local media here.
Founded in 1999, Eon Reality is a multinational virtual and augmented reality software developer headquartered in Irvine, California.
Abang Johari said the focus on creating a digital economy for Sarawak was necessary to reduce the state’s reliance on natural resources.
“If we want to get out of our dependence on natural resources, we need to be part of the digital economy, which has been growing exponentially and is a global economy creating millionaires by the day,” he said.
Outlining Sarawak’s digital transformation journey, Abang Johari said the state had embarked on several initiatives such as digital infrastructure, Sarawak Pay and e-commerce facilities, Old Kuching Smart Heritage City, innovation hubs and a digital village to support entrepreneurs.
He added that the state government was also digitalising its systems and processes throughout various agencies and departments to increase productivity through more efficient use of resources, easier access to information and a wider and quicker service reach.
“Sarawak Pay, launched by the state government in December 2017, is our e-wallet platform to help support e-commerce, financial technology and digital government.
“Sarawak Pay has 125,000 registered users, with transactions valued at over RM35mil. Our target is to reach 150,000 users by the year end,” Abang Johari said.