Wednesday, August 19, 2009

'900,000 new jobs by 2025 achievable'

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is optimistic the target of creating 900,000 jobs by 2025 envisaged under the Sabah Development Corridor's (SDC) master plan can be met.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman said there would be numerous job opportunities when all the development initiatives under the SDC were fully implemented.

Launched in January last year, the SDC's main focus is to optimise the development of Sabah's tourism, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

Musa noted that efforts to fully tap Sabah's tourism potential had already made significant headway with the construction of several new hotels.

"The SDC provides many opportunities for us to strengthen tourism using our natural treasures -- the islands, tropical rainforests and wildlife," he said at the opening of Cititel Express.

He said the new hotel is proof of investors' confidence in the state's economy, and it had, in a small way, contributed towards reaching the goal of 900,000 new jobs in the state.

The opening of the 275-room hotel managed by Cititel Hotel Management, he said, was timely as tourist arrivals to the state had been steadily rising over the years. - NST.

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