KOTA KINABALU (Fri): The Management Committee of the Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) (IDS) led by CEO Mr. Anthony Kiob paid a courtesy call to YB Datuk Dr. Joachim Gunsalam, Deputy Chief Minister III cum Minister of Industrial Development Sabah on Friday, 8th January 2021 in Wisma Kewangan, Kota Kinabalu.

According to YB Datuk Dr. Joachim, Sabah has an abundance of resources that are unique to the state, even the world, that could be capitalised and developed to increase the State’s economic growth. “We need to take ownership of our resources and develop it ourselves before other countries capitalises on our natural resources and products,” he said, adding that Sabah has the capability, expertise and talents to develop its own industries.

“IDS’ research data and influence with rural communities is vital in identifying and advising the Ministry on potential industries that could be further enhanced and developed,” said YB Datuk Dr. Joachim, adding that Biotechnology is the way forward for Sabah’s local products.

Mr. Anthony further elaborated that the development of local industries requires modern technologies and an elaborate marketing strategy to increase awareness on the state’s resources as well as attracting foreign demands to Sabah’s unique local products. “A collaboration between IDS, District Offices and the Ministry is ideal to efficiently map out and implement each district development plan in order to create an inclusive and sustainable economy,” Mr. Anthony explained.

Also present during the discussion was IDS Deputy CEO Mr. Chong Vun Then, Mr. Richard T. Koh, Hajah Hasnah Samsudin, Mdm. Jita S. Gimin, Anita Limjoon and Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industrial Development, Mr. Tseu Kei Yue.

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