Visit from Lixil Corporation Japan

On 25th January 2016, Lixil Corporation of Japan made a business visit to RECODA and the delegation was welcomed by RECODA’s CEO Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot.

Lixil Corporation Japan was established in 2001. The company is a comprehensive housing and living environment solutions provider. The firm has a market capitalisation of over 34 billion Yen and employs over 14,000 people around the world.

Brands under its umbrella include American Standard (Asia Pacific and North America), Groho, Lixil Suzuki and Sunwave. Japanese Research Institute (JRI) Limited, a think-tank and consulting firm belonging to Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), one of the 3 mega-bank groups in Japan joined the visit aimed at exploring the investment potential of the palm oil biomass business in Sarawak.

JRI has developed Ecology Diversified Synergy (EDS) Technology and it intends to commercialize its technology through Lixil Corporation Japan. EDS reforms wood materials through heating and smoking which can then be used to make block board.

Accompanying the Japanese delegates was Director of MIDA Sarawak, En. Redzuan Abd Rahman, and his Assistant Director, En. Muhamad Helmi Hasan Basri.

Courtesy visit by SALCRA Jaya Partners, SalmaQ Greentech Sdn Bhd to RECODA

The General Manager of Sarawak Land Consolidation And Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) YBhg. Datu Vasco Sabat Singkang, led a nine member team from SalmaQ Greentech Sdn Bhd, a JV between MaQtra Technologies Sdn Bhd and SALCRA Jaya Sdn Bhd, a Subsidiary of SALCRA, a wholly-owned Sarawak State agency.

During the visit, the CEO of RECODA, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot gave an overview of SCORE and shared information on investors to date as well as provided updates on key projects within the corridor and information on infrastructure and other key activities. SalmaQ also introduced their palm biomass pellet project that aims to convert empty fruit bunches into high quality palm biomass pellets.

The nine member team included directors from both companies including Y.M. Tengku Dato’ Ibrahim Petra,Mr. Joseph Blandoi, Mr. Zhang Rong Yang and Ir. Chiew Chung Lee.

Sejiwa Senada 2016 in Sibu

The official opening ceremony of Sejiwa Senada 2016 was held in Sibu on 16th January 2016 and graced by the guest of honour, YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem, Chief Minister of Sarawak and a long line up of distinguised guests including his wife, Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (DUN) Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar, the Minister of Housing and Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg, the Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Both Ali Hasan, the Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh and the State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani.

The  3-day event started on 15 January 2016 and ended on 17 January 2016. An impressive total of 130,000 visitors from the central region of Sarawak visited with many of them taking part in activities including the Sejiwa Senada run, a walk-a-mile programme, a motor show, wall-climbing and e-peraduan. There were also talks and seminars for community leaders and women and youth, as well as various competitions for children and adults and ongoing entertainers on the stage.

Impressed at the large numbers, state Tourism Minister Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg congratulated the organisers and the people of the central region for their enthusiasm for the event.

RECODA was one of the 172 state and federal government agencies reaching out to the people of Sibu with an excellent visual display that charts the progress of development to date in SCORE.

Bioeconomy Day 2016

The Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation is tasked with raising awareness and the visibility of the Bioeconomy in Malaysia. The Bioeconomy aims to produce energy, food and other products and services using renewable natural resources.

In the USA, Bioscience companies have created over 110,000 high paying jobs in the last 10 years and the industry now employs more than 1.6 million people. The Bioscience industry has expanded its economic output 17% since 2007, twice the increase of the rest of the private sector.

The industry may be the solution to a large number of environmental and economic challenges, including global warming, fossil fuel and other resource efficiency as well as energy and food security.

A number of key focus areas have been identified in Sarawak and RECODA is collaborating with key entities such as the BiotechCorp and the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre to maximise the State’s potential in the industry.

The Bioeconomy Day at the Pullman Hotel, Kuching on 8th January 2016 was the first step in the process of raising awareness on the industry in Sarawak and getting more participation from the private sector.

YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot the CEO of RECODA was a speaker at the event and RECODA was also one of the exhibitors, showcasing progress and development within SCORE.

The guest of honour was the Chief Minister of Sarawak, YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem who was represented by YB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang.

The event was also attended by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau and his deputy Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, Assistant Minister of Industrial Estate Development Datuk Peter Nansian, Mosti secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur and its deputy secretary-general Dr Zulkifli Mohamed Hashim and BiotechCorp chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohd Nazlee Kamal.

Sejiwa Senada 2016 in Miri

The Sejiwa Senada programme is a government initiative to encourage local participation in business and in particular cottage industries that have a lower cost of entry. The first in a series of six events across the state was held recently in Miri from January 8th – 10th and was well attended by the public who were able to visit more than 134 booths represented by federal and state government and non government agencies. Speaking at the event, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani stated that the programme was originally introduced in 2010. He was also interviewed by one of the exhibitors, RTM and said during the discussion, “It is like the mobile version of UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) involving government officials, who go to the ground and meet the people. The carnival serves to enhance the rapport between those from the government and the people.”

The next leg of the programme will be in Sibu from Jan 15th to 17th before moving on to the Sarikei Sports Complex from Feb 19th to 21st, then moves on to Saratok from Feb 26th to 28th and Kapit from March 4th to 6th before the last event at the Old Market Pukah from March 18th to 20th.

The opening ceremony was officiated by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan bin Haji Satem on 9th January 2016.

Briefing on SCORE to Investment Delegation from China

On 2 December 2015, a briefing on SCORE was conducted to an investment delegation from China which consisted of representatives from Blue Energy Technology, Blue Ocean Energy, Cassey Enterprise Pte Ltd, and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd.

The China delegation, who were paying a courtesy visit to RECODA’s office in Kuching, was briefed by the Head of Project Management Unit, Mr Dawend Jiwan, regarding the latest updates on SCORE projects and investment opportunities, particularly on heavy industries in the Samalaju Growth Node.