Last week saw the launch of the E-Commerce Transformation Plan or E-Com Y30 by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
E-Com Y30 marks the beginning of an initiative to empower young Sarawakians as significant drivers for Sarawak’s transformation into a developed, high-income state.
As part of the state’s measures in spurring socioeconomic growth through digital economy, this initiative will equip the youth with the necessary technological strategy, knowledge, infrastructure, resources and policy from now until the year 2030.
It is expected to make its start at the Digital Village in Kuching, which will then spread across other divisions in Sarawak. E-Com in this context encompasses e-communication, e-commerce and e-community.
The six objectives outlined to ensure E-Com Y30’s success are:
Develop rural and urban youth e-skills
To prepare Sarawakian youth for the digital economy, a one-stop digital channel will be provided, while various avenues will be made to ensure continuous engagements and exposure on digital matters. Apart from that, the youth will be provided with training and mentoring to develop their skills and talents.
Opportunities will be created for young Sarawakians to start their own businesses, with tax incentives, loans, grants and investments provided, as well. The Digital Village that will be set up across the state will also facilitate young digital entrepreneurs by offering market-ready digital products and services. From there, these technopreneurs will be able to promote their own start-ups.
Improve youth employment in digital sector
There will be more employment opportunities and job matching services in the digital sector for young Sarawakians to be able to work in their home state upon graduation.
Promote digital innovation and creativity
As the digital economy is driven by innovation and creativity, instilling and promoting these skills will be done through local digital innovation competitions and awards, provision of incentives for innovation and creative solutions, and facilitation of intellectual property protection.
Develop capability to enhance digital economy
Capability development involves enhancing employability skills that can lead to successful career progressions. At this stage of Sarawak’s digital economy, research and development will be conducted on the digital workforce supply and demand. To enable employers to find potential work candidates, a database on the youth workforce in the state will be centralised.
Provide policy support to empower youth in digital economy
For the government to ensure a digital economy that benefits the future generation, clear policies will be formulated and implemented to support the economy’s ecosystem. This includes outlining strategies that will empower rural and urban young Sarawakians regardless of their economic and social backgrounds.
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