CM: Sarawak wants stronger economic ties with Fujian province

Posted on : 28 Nov 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Sarawak is keen to enhance economic ties with Fujian province in China, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Abang Johari, who was on his third and final day of a working visit to Fujian yesterday, said the visit would pave the way for greater economic collaboration with the southeast province.

“Sarawak is keen to establish an economic relationship with Fujian as part of efforts to develop a modern economy in the state,” he said in his return address during a courtesy call on the provincial governor, who was represented by Executive Vice-Governor Zhang Zhinan, at a hotel in Fuzhou.

The chief minister said Sarawak was exploring ways to bring digitalisation to its schools – particularly pre-schools – following a discussion Monday with Fuzhou-based NetDragon Websoft Ltd, a world leader in interactive classroom learning, on introducing technology-based learning in the state.

He told his Chinese counterpart that Sarawak was investing RM1 billion to upgrade its information technology infrastructure to enable effective digitalisation of its economy, including education.

He expressed his hope that an enhanced economic relationship between Fujian and Sarawak would also pave the way for more people-to-people relationship that could boost the tourism industry in both regions.

At the end of his address, Abang Johari extended an invitation to the provincial governor to visit Sarawak to cement cultural and economic ties between Fujian and Sarawak.

Later, both heads of government were invited to witness the signing of a collaborative agreement between Sarawak-based Aspire Link Sdn Bhd and Fuzhou-based NetDragon Websoft Holdings Ltd – a world leader in providing digital education software and hardware.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Dato Sri Michael Manyin witnessed the signing on behalf of the Sarawak government between Aspire Link, represented by Dato Stanley Ling Tiung Leng, and Dato Dr Simon Leung who is NetDragon vice-president.

Among those in the chief minister’s entourage are Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, who is International Trade and e-Commerce Minister, and State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani.

Abang Johari’s itinerary was capped with a tour of the historical and cultural streets of Three Lanes and Seven Alleys in Fuzhou that was originally built during the Western Jin Dynasty.