SCORE chief Wilson has high hopes for the success of Sarawak’s most ambitious development plan

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Datuk Amar Wilson, CEO of the agency responsible for managing SCORE, brings 37 solid years of civil service experience to the job as he spearheads Sarawak’s drive to become a developed state by 2020.

Datuk Amar Wilson leads his team into unchartered territories with his unique leadership skills, think-first approach, entrusting and instilling confidence as they venture into the most important development plan ever undertaken by the state government of Sarawak.

SCORE is a major initiative undertaken to accelerate growth of Sarawak’s central region and transform the region into a developed state by 2020. Datuk Amar is the CEO of the Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA), the agency tasked with implementing SCORE, which he said is very much open to the idea of Middle East investors.

“We visualise Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) to be very much like the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai,” he said. “There are companies from Japan, France, China and many other countries, now we are starting to see a real interest from the Middle East region and since the Investment Mission to Abu Dhabi earlier this year we only expect for their interest to rise and culminate in visits to Sarawak so they can see what we have to offer.

“Investors from the Middle East have a plethora of opportunities awaiting them and they will find us to be proactive and responsive to their needs.”

SIP is one of the core nodes of SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy) and is dedicated to heavy industries. The SCORE region has planned projects valued at more than $26 billion with 13 further industries to be set up worth $10.54 billion. The Corridor is one of five in Malaysia and has progressed at a breathtaking pace under the helm of Datuk Amar Wilson, given the fact that it was only established in 2008 and is in its early development stage.

With Japan’s Tokuyama, local company Press Metal, Asia Minerals Ltd, Rio Tinto Alcan, among others buying into SIP proves that SCORE is a viable investment arena.

“The companies that are already in the SCORE core area, like Tokuyama and Press Metal, are examples of their testimony of trust,” he said. We need to brand the SCORE name. It is attractive and we need investors to come to believe that this is the place to invest.”

Datuk Amar Wilson credits his hard working team and the state government for the successes achieved so far, saying: “Sarawak has a reliable, transparent, efficient and effective civil service.  The frontline institutions, particularly RECODA, consist of knowledgeable staff members who adopt a hands-on approach to provide the highest level of service to the corridor’s investors.

“Nothing is more satisfying and rewarding than seeing our concerted efforts result in the transformation of the corridor, from concept to fruition.”

It is expected that Mukah will act as the headquarters of SCORE with the recent completion of the RECODA building in the town. He said the development currently taking place would effectively transform Mukah into the administrative and operational capital of SCORE.

“Mukah is a natural choice for the headquarters as it is located at the heart of the corridor and will be developed as a smart city concentrating on three key areas,” he said. Human capital development will play an integral role and will be an important aspect of the success of the Corridor in the long term. Research and development will be crucial in sustaining the growth of the Corridor and the state economy’s growth and, finally, an administrative centre, ensuring the vast region around it is properly serviced and taken care of.”

In 1972, Datuk Amar Wilson graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and went on to earn an Economic Development Master’s Degree from University of Sussex, UK.

Datuk Amar entered the civil service as an assistant director under the State Planning Unit (SPU) in 1973. He also became the SPU’s chief assistant secretary, heading Macro Economy and Agriculture because of his vast experience in economics development.

In 1995, he was made SPU director before serving as Deputy State Secretary from August 2000 to October 31 2006. On 1 January 2007, he was appointed State Secretary, his final government post until his retirement from the civil service on 2 August 2009.

He was appointed CEO of RECODA after gathering a wealth of experience and accomplishments during his 37 years with the civil service. It was no surprise when Datuk Amar Wilson won the 2010 State Civil Service Personality Award, after which he thanked the state leadership for the confidence they have in him.

Datuk Amar Wilson, who is of the Bidayuh tribe, has a clear passion for serving his homeland and has tirelessly worked to give back to the community, hence it was only natural he took up the post as CEO of SCORE as he feels the spin-offs from the large scale investments will serve to benefit the people of Sarawak.

“Our aim is to optimise the utilisation of natural resources through greater private sector participation, especially from foreign investors,” he said. “The orderly and speedy utilisation of these resources will bring significant economic growth and development to the Central Region and to Sarawak as a whole.”

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Datuk Amar Wilson, CEO of the agency responsible for managing SCORE, brings 37 solid years of civil service experience to the job as he spearheads Sarawak’s drive to become a developed state by 2020.

Datuk Amar Wilson leads his team into unchartered territories with his unique leadership skills, think-first approach, entrusting and instilling confidence as they venture into the most important development plan ever undertaken by the state government of Sarawak.

SCORE is a major initiative undertaken to accelerate growth of Sarawak’s central region and transform the region into a developed state by 2020. Datuk Amar is the CEO of the Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA), the agency tasked with implementing SCORE, which he said is very much open to the idea of Middle East investors.

“We visualise Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) to be very much like the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai,” he said. “There are companies from Japan, France, China and many other countries, now we are starting to see a real interest from the Middle East region and since the Investment Mission to Abu Dhabi earlier this year we only expect for their interest to rise and culminate in visits to Sarawak so they can see what we have to offer.

“Investors from the Middle East have a plethora of opportunities awaiting them and they will find us to be proactive and responsive to their needs.”

SIP is one of the core nodes of SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy) and is dedicated to heavy industries. The SCORE region has planned projects valued at more than $26 billion with 13 further industries to be set up worth $10.54 billion. The Corridor is one of five in Malaysia and has progressed at a breathtaking pace under the helm of Datuk Amar Wilson, given the fact that it was only established in 2008 and is in its early development stage.

With Japan’s Tokuyama, local company Press Metal, Asia Minerals Ltd, Rio Tinto Alcan, among others buying into SIP proves that SCORE is a viable investment arena.

“The companies that are already in the SCORE core area, like Tokuyama and Press Metal, are examples of their testimony of trust,” he said. We need to brand the SCORE name. It is attractive and we need investors to come to believe that this is the place to invest.”

Datuk Amar Wilson credits his hard working team and the state government for the successes achieved so far, saying: “Sarawak has a reliable, transparent, efficient and effective civil service.  The frontline institutions, particularly RECODA, consist of knowledgeable staff members who adopt a hands-on approach to provide the highest level of service to the corridor’s investors.

“Nothing is more satisfying and rewarding than seeing our concerted efforts result in the transformation of the corridor, from concept to fruition.”

It is expected that Mukah will act as the headquarters of SCORE with the recent completion of the RECODA building in the town. He said the development currently taking place would effectively transform Mukah into the administrative and operational capital of SCORE.

“Mukah is a natural choice for the headquarters as it is located at the heart of the corridor and will be developed as a smart city concentrating on three key areas,” he said. Human capital development will play an integral role and will be an important aspect of the success of the Corridor in the long term. Research and development will be crucial in sustaining the growth of the Corridor and the state economy’s growth and, finally, an administrative centre, ensuring the vast region around it is properly serviced and taken care of.”

In 1972, Datuk Amar Wilson graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and went on to earn an Economic Development Master’s Degree from University of Sussex, UK.

Datuk Amar entered the civil service as an assistant director under the State Planning Unit (SPU) in 1973. He also became the SPU’s chief assistant secretary, heading Macro Economy and Agriculture because of his vast experience in economics development.

In 1995, he was made SPU director before serving as Deputy State Secretary from August 2000 to October 31 2006. On 1 January 2007, he was appointed State Secretary, his final government post until his retirement from the civil service on 2 August 2009.

He was appointed CEO of RECODA after gathering a wealth of experience and accomplishments during his 37 years with the civil service. It was no surprise when Datuk Amar Wilson won the 2010 State Civil Service Personality Award, after which he thanked the state leadership for the confidence they have in him.

Datuk Amar Wilson, who is of the Bidayuh tribe, has a clear passion for serving his homeland and has tirelessly worked to give back to the community, hence it was only natural he took up the post as CEO of SCORE as he feels the spin-offs from the large scale investments will serve to benefit the people of Sarawak.

“Our aim is to optimise the utilisation of natural resources through greater private sector participation, especially from foreign investors,” he said. “The orderly and speedy utilisation of these resources will bring significant economic growth and development to the Central Region and to Sarawak as a whole.”

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