Malaysia puts its focus on promoting green industries and jobs in the ASEAN countries.
Malaysia hopes to promote the identification of the potentials and prospects for green industries and jobs in the ASEAN member countries during its tenure as the chairman of ASEAN labor sector, said Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
The government of Malaysia is looking at developing the corresponding regional policies to promote green industries in the three-year period, said the Prime Minister Dr Mahathir in the 25th ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting.
The Malay government is also in talks with ASEAN countries China, Japan, and South Korea for the brighter future of green jobs in South-east Asia.
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He also talked about the boom in the employment rates of green industries across ASEAN.
According to the 2018 Annual ASEAN Report, over the last two years, employment has grown by 3.2% compared to the overall economic growth of 5%- 6%,.
That is almost 1.4 million new green jobs created.
“In the same vein, we have seen strong growth, particularly in the renewable energy sector such as wind and solar power, as well as the production of equipment and installations for heating and energy saving that subsequently create jobs in the region,” said Dr Mahathir.
“Looking forward, as technology evolves, we can expect an increase in the creation of new green jobs, and stronger growth in current occupations and greening industries,” he said.
The Malaysian government is targeting revenue of RM 180 billion while creating more than 200,000 green jobs by 2030.
Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir said the Malaysian government aims to boost the growth of its green technology sector, with a targeted revenue of RM180 billion while creating more than 200,000 green jobs by 2030.
He added that the greening of the regional economy also demands that the people in the region specialise in the right skills, adapt to changes and seize the new opportunity.
The Prime Minister showed his optimism for the future prospects of the green industry sector.
In the meeting, he said, now is the time for the government and workers’ and employers’ organizations to explore more into the green industries and skills across the Asia Pacific.