The state and federal departments and agencies have been urged to cooperate in an effort to speed up development projects in Sarawak.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said he welcomed federal departments and agencies to use the Sarawak government machineries and the coordinating agency in the rural areas.

“We are open and willing to cooperate… Let us work together to achieve the best results in the implementation of development projects in the state,” he said when unveiling “An Honour to Serve” logo and attending a state government briefing here today.

Taib, who is also state Finance Minister, said the cooperation was important in monitoring the progress of development projects for the benefit of the people.

“State and federal departments and agencies are responsible in monitoring the cost of the projects. This will enable more projects to be implemented in Sarawak,” he said.

On the progress of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), he said the state government was planning to engage an Australian consultant to map out the state manpower requirement.

Score is expected to generate 1.5 million jobs by 2030, he added.

On the civil service, he said, “We need a resourceful and innovative civil service. So, you must think outside the box and take your ingenuity to new heights,” he said.