Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia located on the island of Borneo, with Kuching - the capital city of Sarawak - as the pilot city to start the GDS-Index. As a world-first for Malaysia to drive continuous improvement, the GDSI Partnership Programme - Sarawak Region (GDSI-Sarawak Partner) was launched comprising 30 committee members from local government ministries and agencies, academia, associations, and industry partners. Sustainability for Business Events and Tourism is in line with Sarawak’s Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) to make Sarawak as one of the leading ASEAN destinations by 2030.
Sarawak has one of the most diverse tropical climates on Earth which justifies the Sarawak Government’s emphasis on environmental sustainability to pave way for more investment inflow to Sarawak. Sustainability will create solutions, more green jobs and business opportunities to drive the economy in a sustainable manner. One initiative implemented is the Green Lifestyle, while in development include the greenhouse gas inventory for all economic sectors and cities to identify major contributors of greenhouse emissions in order to formulate green economy initiatives. For Business Events, the Legacy Impact motion is emphasising on environment as one of the significant pillars as well tourism under the Responsible Tourism motion.
Sarawak is synonymous with many success stories in hosting international business events and major events. For the world-renowned Rainforest World Music Festival, green initiatives were deployed to create a sustainable festival. Water refill stations and a Sustainable Procurement and Waste Management Strategy, among others, were integrated into multiple aspects of the festival thereby enriching the experience for festival goers. Other initiatives include capacity development workshops for local homestays across Sarawak to understand sustainable waste management practices.
Sarawak takes pride in its cultural diversity with 27 main ethnic tribes living harmoniously on the island of Borneo. As significant aspects are social sustainability and inclusion, the Sarawak Government is including the social impact from every industry to ensure that all generations can live in a peaceful and prosperous state. Emphasis is on providing opportunities for all regardless of race, culture, and religion. The core objective of the Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 is to create a prosperous Sarawak for its people, as well as to protect its environment for sustainable development.