Chief Minister chairs 8th RECODA Board of Directors’ Meeting

KUCHING: Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) held its 8th Board of Directors’ Meeting on 12 July 2017, chaired by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg, at his office here.

The Chief Minister is also the Chairman of RECODA – the leading agency in the development of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

RECODA Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot reported on the progress achieved by the Authority over the past years, particularly on infrastructure development in SCORE covering the five Growth Nodes and other sectoral thrusts.

The briefing also highlighted on the on-going construction of the 75km access road to Baleh HEP and the Tunoh Growth Node.

Deputy State Secretary Datu Haji Ismawi Haji Ismuni updated the Board on the development of industries and investment in Samalaju.

The State Attorney General Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid also gave a presentation with regards to the new agencies to be formed under RECODA, namely Highland Development Agency (HDA) and Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA).

In attendance were the Board’s two Deputy Chairmen, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also Chairman of HDA, and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Also present was Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, who also serves as Chairman of URDA.

The Board Members present included State Planning Unit (Chief Minister’s Department) Director Datu Haji Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) CEO Dato’ Azman Mahmud.

RECODA advisor Tan Sri Rafidah Abdul Aziz, who is Senior Independent Non-Executive Chairman of AirAsia X Bhd, was also present at the meeting, as well as Datuk Dayang Sadiah Abang Bohan from Public Private Partnership Unit (Prime Minister’s Department), and representatives from State Financial Secretary’s Office, Ministry of Finance, and Economic Planning Unit (Prime Minister’s Department).

The RECODA office, which was established in 2009, is the secretariat to the RECODA Board of Directors. Prior to the setting up of this office, the State Planning Unit was the secretariat to the Board, since early 2008, when SCORE was launched.

Among the top priorities for RECODA is to coordinate, liaise, monitor, facilitate or oversee the implementation or execution of public funded infrastructure projects in the SCORE areas.

The roles of RECODA are defined by the Regional Corridors Development Authorities Ordinance, 2006 that was passed by the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly on 11 December 2006.