|Centre for technopreneurs
The Borneo Post - Friday, 17 January, 2003
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for technopreneurs is to be
set up here to encourage the utilisation of information
and communications technology (ICT)
and other modern tools by local entrepreneurs.
Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abdul Taib
Mahmud yesterday said the centre would be
developed by the State government on a modest
pointing out that it was the State government's
intention to work closely with the
Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and complement
its objectives, he said it would take
a cautious and careful approach in the centre's
explained that the focus of the centre would be the ICT service to ICT
users in the city and surrounding areas such as the Sama Jaya
Free Trade Area, the institutions of higher learning
and the government itself.
will also feature incubator facilities to develop local ICT producers with
the hope that
the State will one day produce some ICT talents of national and
regional standing," he said.
said this in his keynote address read by Deputy
Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr George Chan at the opening of the MSC
Conference here, which was themed
"ICT-Catalyst for development."
also hoped that the centre would also focus
on the development of biotechnology to help the State realise and exploit
the potential of
its bio-diversity and rich biological resources. At a press
conference later, Chan, who
is also the Finance and Public Utilities Minister,
said the government hoped to begin developing
the centre by the end of this year or
sometime within the Eighth Malaysia Plan (2001-2005).
that he was not at a liberty to discuss
the project, he would only reveal that the
site of the centre had been identified and it would
be at a very "strategic location."
course you cannot limit technopreneurs into
one location, they can work anywhere but we
aim to provide a conducive environment for
them to work in," said Chan.
added that the centre was not meant to compete
with the MSC but to complement the latter
and to work together with it so that Sarawak could get the best out
of the national project.
Also at the press conference, State Secretary
Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain said
an aim of the centre was to further develop entrepreneurs
who could use technology and computers.