• Nancy Lauds Sarawak's Success

    Published: Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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    THE Sarawak government has been praised for its success in establishing a strong foundation to support a robust innovation ecosystem capable of commercialising products and generating cutting-edge research.

    Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the foundation was laid down through the
    state government’s policies and partnerships with the private sector.

    She said the robust innovation ecosystem in Sarawak was due to the state government’s focus on academic institutions here.

    The strong foundation, she said, had attracted foreign companies to collaborate with state-based companies in several sectors, including the biomass and green industries.

    “Last year, I witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between GS Caltex Korea and its local partner in Kuching to start a commercial assessment for the commercial-scale bio-butanol plant in Sarawak.

    “This pioneering project is progressing well, and the parties involved have concluded their research collaboration with the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre towards the completion of a demonstration plant in Yeosu, South Korea.

    “The demonstration plant will be completed this month and a final investment decision will be concluded by next year,” she said during the opening ceremony of the International Biomass Conference Malaysia 2017 here recently.

    Present were Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, who appeared on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg.

    Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, she said, would continue to play its role in the Sarawak and Sabah Biomass Industry Development Plan Steering Committee to develop and secure sustainable biomass projects for Sarawak.

    “These are ways for us to progress as we constantly increase sustainability in the development of this industry.

    “It is hoped that all parties can keep the momentum going and embrace innovation to improve existing businesses, create new opportunities and higher-value jobs in Sarawak.”

    Nancy said she believed the innovation agenda was an important to spur economic growth.

    “Nevertheless, a successful innovation ecosystem will bridge the gap between knowledge and commercial economy.”-NST

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