Mohd Yaakub Haji Johari
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Sussex and a Master of Science (Liberal Studies) from the University of Manchester, England. In 1982, he obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Salford, England. Began his career as a part-time lecturer in Political Science at the MARA Institute of Technology and in 1983, he joined the Sabah State Civil Service as an Assistant Director (Research and Consultancy) in the Sabah Chief Minister’s Department. He was made the Principal Assistant Director (Management Development) in 1984. He joined the Institute of Development Studies, Sabah (IDS) as an Associate Director (Social Affairs) in 1985 and later moved up to Deputy Chief Executive / Senior Research Fellow in 1991. In 1994, he was promoted again as the Executive Director of the Institute for Development Studies (Sabah). In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA). Sits in the board of corporate bodies, including Suria Capital Holdings Bhd, WarisanHarta Sabah SdnBhd, Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) and Kimanis Power Sdn Bhd. He had served as the President of the Association of Development Research and Training Institutes for Asia Pacific (ADIPA); Board Member of the International Federation of Institutes of Advanced Studies (IFIAS), Toronto; and a Governing Council Member of the Commonwealth Association of Local Action and Economic Development, London. He had also served as an adjunct Professor in Social Science at University Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu.

Fostering Capacity for Sustainable Regional Economic Growth
Sabah Development Corridor, an 18-year development programme launched in 2008, is implemented with the aim of bringing the quality of life of Sabah’s people up another level as well as accelerating the economic growth for Sabah while promoting regional balance and bridging the rural-urban divide and concurrently ensuring sustainable management of state’s resources. Sabah, being the second largest of 13 states in Malaysia after Sarawak, known to many as ‘The Land Below the Wind’, is also located in the third largest island in the world, famously known as Borneo. A region which is rich in biodiversity resources, reputedly unaffected by the Ice Age, home to rare wildlife such as the orang utans, Sumatran rhinoceroses and pygmy elephants, harbouring rich marine life with clear water and pristine tropical islands as well as a hospitable and multi-cultural society. Addtionally, Sabah is strategically located in Southeast Asia with direct air access to most capital cities in East Asia and endowed with rich natural resources such as oil and gas, fisheries and other marine resources as well as agricultural and forestry. A year after SDC was launched, the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) was established on 15 January 2009 via the adoption of the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority Enactment 2009, and commenced operation on 2 March 2009. As the implementing agency for SDC, SEDIA serves as the One-Stop Authority to plan SDC; co-ordinate the expeditious implementation of all SDC projects; promote investments into SDC; and monitor and disseminate authoritative information concerning the progress and development of SDC. Under the SDC, there are six Key Focus Areas being underlined, namely, Tourism, Palm Oil, Agriculture, Oil, Gas and Energy, Education and Manufacturing and Logistic. Incentives are available for these sectors in the SDC flagship projects: Kinabalu Gold Coast, Palm Oil Industrial Cluster, Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct, Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park, Interior Livestock Valley, Marine Integrated Cluster and Sandakan Education Hub.
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