RECODA invited as panelist at Betong Vocational College

Betong Vocasional College invited 3 panelist to their forum during their orientation program which includes Dr Hajah Rabyah (head of section for the Workforce Development Unit planning and policy division), Dato Madani (CEO of the Malaysian Automotive Institute) and Jonathan Wong (corporate communications officer for RECODA).

The event was to give input about the graduate market in technical and vocasional fields in SCORE areas as well as challenges that the graduates will face when entering the industry. A total of 140 students were present during the event and all seemed eager to understand the current industrial landscape.

During the forum, all panelists agree that positive thinking, resourcefulness and the ability to adapt to the changing landscape is key for graduates to survive in the industry with Wong highlighting the importance to always stay relevant.

Among the questions asked included what could the graduates offer back to assist the state in attracting more investments.

Wong replied that despite myriad of factors attracting foreign investors, the lack of skilled manpower remains an issue. Therefore by being a certified professional in their vocational field the graduates will become a tool to lure even more investments.

Dr Rabyah also highlighted the focus many industrialized nations such as Japan, Korea, Germany, and even Singapore give towards vocational training as these skilled labor will be the cornerstone for the industries.

Spanish companies keen on SCORE

The Economic and Commercial Commissioner of Spain in Malaysia, Rafael Matos noted that there are a number of Spanish companies from multiple sectors keen to invest in SCORE.

Senor Matos together with the Deputy and Trade Analyst of Economic Commercial Commissioner of Spain in Malaysia, Alex Foo visited RECODA’s office to explore the potential for business collaboration with the Sarawak government and SCORE related agencies.

RECODA Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot together with his senior officers updated Senor Matos and Mr Foo on the latest developments in SCORE.

Senor Matos expressed his admiration for the development of the region, acknowledging that the progress of development was to be impressive considering the scale of the project and the remoteness of the region.

Senor Matos also commented on the Sarawak’s financial rating, saying it was extremely positive and they are keen to bring Spanish industry players to Sarawak and SCORE in the near future.

Samalaju Resort Hotel opening marks a step forward for SCORE

His Excellency The Governor of Sarawak, Deputy State Secretary, Datu Haji Ismawi, RECODA CEO, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson and Datuk Richard Curtis among the VIPs posing for a group photo.

The official opening of Sarawak’s first resort style business hotel the Samalaju Resort on the 18th of October 2016 is a powerful vote of confidence for the government’s development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.

The 23 acre hotel set on the coast of Sarawak boasts breathtaking views of the South China Sea yet is within easy reach of the Samalaju Industrial Park.

The resort provides a home away from home for employees, contractors, visitors, investors and others visiting Samalaju for business or pleasure.

The opening of the resort was officiated by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and CMS Group Managing Director, Datuk Richard Curtis.

The opening also witnessed the signing of two special agreements. The first agreement was between the Trustees of the Methodist Church in Sarawak while the second agreement was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PMB Development Sdn Bhd, part of the Press Metal group, to enter into negotiations on the leasing of apartment units in Samalaju Eco Park.

Official opening of Murum Hydroelectric Plant by the Governor of Sarawak

The RM4.1 billion (US$1 billion) Murum Hydro Electric Plant (HEP) was opened today by the Tuan Yang Terutama Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud and witnessed by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan bin Haji Satem as well as local politicians, RECODA Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, community leaders and the top management of state energy supplier, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB).

The opening of the dam is yet another milestone for the SCORE region. The 944MW gravity dam is located on the river after which it is named, at the highest part of the Rajang River basin, 200 km from Bintulu. It will meet almost a third of the demand generated by the SCORE region with the remainder taken up by the Bakun HEP and the upcoming Balingian Coal Fired Plant.

“The Murum Dam is the pinacle of our efforts. We can rely on our experience with the Murum dam to teach and help the people if there is the need for us to develop more hydro dams in future,” said Pehin Sri Taib.

In his speech, the Chief Minister added that hydropower is a clean, inexpensive and safe energy source thus making it attractive to investors, which augurs well for the greater growth of energy intensive industries in the state.

“Of all the sources of energy, we find that hydropower is the cleanest and the least expensive source of energy,” he told the media in a briefing later.

He also added that more than 50 per cent of power in the state is now generated by hydropower.

Murum HEP is SEB’s first hydropower development project under SCORE and is seen as the beginning of bigger and better things to come to the state.

ASEAN-China Entrepreneurs’ (ACE) Conference 2016

The ASEAN-China Entrepreneurs’ (ACE) Conference 2016 was held from 12-13 May 2016 at the Imperial Hotel, Kuching. There were 300 participants from China, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and other ASEAN countries participating in the conference, jointly organised by Sarawak Entreprenuer Association (SEA), FAME International College and University Community Transformation Centre (UCTC), UNIMAS.

The conference was a platform for entreprenuers from ASEAN and China to share information, explore new business opportunities, establish business relationships for business expansion and to gain important insights into doing business in ASEAN and China.

During the 2-day conference there were collaborative and interactive forums, critical information presentations from experts, well-known corporate figures, successful entrepreneurs from China and ASEAN, policy makers, relevant government agencies such as Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Ministry of Industrial Development (MID) and representatives of the Thailand Ambassador and the China, Indonesia and Brunei Consulates.

During the conference, RECODA showcased its work in SCORE with an exhibition highlighting projects and development in SCORE.

YB Senator Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hiang representing the Chief Minister of Sarawak officiated the conference opening ceremony. Also present were H.E. Yang Xiuping, the Secretary General of the ASEAN-China Centre headquartered in Beijing. YBhg. Prof Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Kadim Bin Suaidi Vice Chancellor of University Malaysia Sarawak UNIMAS and President of the Sarawak Entrepreneur Association (SEA), Mr. Simon Wong.