News From : DagangHalal.com (07 Aug 2009)
KOTA SAMARAHAN, Aug 6 (Bernama) — Sarawak will enhance the expertise of its human resources in the tourism sector and halal hub to further stimulate the state’s economy.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the halal hub that would be established in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) needed more expertise in biotechnology, and therefore more locals should be trained to become experts in the field.
For the tourism sector that comprised three main aspects, namely culture, adventure and nature, he said the three resources in the state had yet to be fully explored.
“I often think what would we do after plantation, and of course what I see is the tourism sector and halal industry becoming among high-potential industries in the future,” he said after opening the excellence centre to support the development of Score at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak here Thursday.
Taib said the development of several sectors like information communcation technology and capacity building through skilled manpower resources in various industries that were needed under Score should start from now.
In the globalisation era, a policy to close opportunities for outsiders was not the best way to move forward but at the same time we should provide the best training and expertise to the locals through a policy of sharing knowledge and success.
Under Score, he said, the next 20 years was expected to see an inflow of investments totalling RM70 billion for infrastucture development and this was expected to attract another RM330 billion.
He said that previously, the three main sectors in the Sarawak economy were timber, petroleum and plantation.