ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Platform Vital To Generate 1.6 Million Workforce
Sarawak has embarked on a programme to generate 1.6 million skilled and semi-skilled workforce to support investments, particularly in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), over the next 20 years.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Office (Youth Affairs and Training) Larry Sng said since the state embarked on Score, it has so far received RM60 billion in investments which accounted for one-fifth of the total projected investments of RM307 billion by 2030.
"In Score, we have huge multinational companies which are coming in to invest millions and, in some case, billions of ringgit to set up base here.
"They may have their own set of best practices but we would also like to ensure that there is a platform not just for Score but also to those that are part and parcel of the supporting industries," he told reporters after opening Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI)'s Asia-Pacific regional office here Friday.
The expected job opportunities available by then would also help to mitigate labour migration out of Sarawak, including to the Gulf States, he said.
On the setting up of the US-based LSI, Sng said it was timely as it would send the message to potential investors that Sarawak was committed to enhancing the quality of its human capital.
He was confident LSI's decision to choose Sarawak as its regional base would appeal to European and North American companies and investors, thereby creating opportunities for local businesses and new jobs.
Meanwhile, LSI President and Chief Executive Officer Dr James Kaufman said the international association planned to produce 200 newly trained safety officers in Sarawak by June next year besides training up to 2,000 people per annum.
He said LSI planned to have over 1,800 people fly to Sarawak to attend up to eight training conferences each year, generating in excess of RM2 million in direct delegate expenditure into the local economy, annually.
LSI is the fourth association to open a regional office in Sarawak since the International Centre for Industry Development opened its doors here in May.
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