Sunday, February 8, 2009

Global uncertainties call for new initiatives

BINTULU: The uncertainties and changes in global economic environment today have called for a necessary framework and an environment that is conducive to the implementation of projects in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

State Secretary Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot (pictured right) said this was imperative in order to attract key investors who could exploit the abundant resources available in the state.

Wilson said the situation had necessitated a very robust and challenging approach in a thrust towards a successful implementation of the mega projects within SCORE particularly in this region.

“The implementation of SCORE required greater awareness and participation from all the stakeholders,” he said in his welcoming speech during the opening of Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) Conference (Bindac) 2009 at Parkcity Everly Hotel here.

The two-day conference with the theme ‘Driving Regional Development — Embracing Change and New Challenges’ was opened by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who is BDA chairman.

“There will be a series of high profile presentations during the two-day conference.

“I’m happy to note that the conference organisers have managed to assemble distinguished speakers from both the public and private sectors, including reputable personalities and leaders in the consulting field, to share with us their expert knowledge particularly in relation to regional development initiatives,” Wilson said.

He said it would be interesting to get all the paper presenters and panellists to share some of their approaches and the success stories with regards to regional development initiatives that they had participated in implementing in one way or another.

“The success of Sarawak over the last 45 years of independence in Malaysia is a springboard for us to make the leap towards an even greater degree of progress and achievement,” he added.

The state secretary believed the people owed a great deal to the leaders’ who crafted development policies and programmes which eventually had proven to be rewarding in the creation of richer networks and opportunities to enrich and enhance the people’s way of life.

Citing SCORE as an example of a new development paradigm, Baya said it would further transform the physical and economic landscape of the state.

“As SCORE develops, it will bring in a critical mass of industries of varying sizes and innovative strengths,” he said, adding that their investments would bring more employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the various areas and that the spin-offs would eventually trickle down to the communities across the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, State Legislative Assembly speaker Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Nasar, BDA deputy chairman Dato Sri Celestine Ujang, BDA general manager Mohidin Ishak and District Officer Bujang Budin were among those present during the opening of the conference.

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