Sarawak forms SEAC for post COVID-19 economic recovery


KUCHING  — The Sarawak Government today announced the formation of a Sarawak Economic Action Council (SEAC) to formulate economic agendas for the state after its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the SEAC’s post COVID-19 exit economic strategy would run up to 2030.

Nevertheless, he said the council would first seek the views of the various sectors involved.

“We cannot determine now (the capital for the implementation of the strategy) because it would be based on the actual policy (to be devised eventually by the SEAC) and our economic strength,” he told a press conference here.

Besides the State Cabinet, he said members of the SEAC comprise Sarawakian academicians and other professionals as well as representatives from the various chambers of commerce.

“The council would then study the details of the propositions they had gathered (and) would be submitted to the government by September 2020,” he said.

Abang Johari noted that the impact of the pandemic had resulted in the creation and emergence of new norms globally, while businesses would not be able to proceed as before, prior to the health crisis.

“This is the scenario that we have never experienced before and would require us to exercise a new way of doing things from now and in the future,” he said.

Judging by the current situation, he said Sarawak’s economic, social and governance sectors by 2030  would be anchored on digital economy and environmental sustainability, raising the importance of data centres as the driving force for innovation in digital applications.

“Sustainable environment will feature prominently in our future development plan. We will ensure that Sarawak achieves a clean, healthy and resilient environment for the current and future generations,” he added.