Total of 22,119 business organisations in Sabah in 2010

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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah had a total of 22,119 active business organisations in 2010, according to the 2011 Economic Census Report.

Chief Statistician Dr Abdul Rahman Hasan said of this figure, 18,047 or 81.6 per cent were in the services sector, 1,443 (6.5 per cent) in manufacturing, 1,284 (5.8 per cent) in construction, 1,311 (5.9 per cent) in agriculture and 34 (0.2 per cent) in mining and quarrying.

Abdul Rahman said the business community played an important role in driving economic growth and in the implementation of the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

“Looking at the statistics, it is obvious the country is on the right track, as envisaged in the ETP,” he said here yesterday when launching a programme on the role of respondents in the provision of quality data as inputs for national economic planning.

The session was attended by 135 people representing businesses, state and Federal governmnent departments, and statutory bodies.

Abdul Rahman said the Sabah Development Corridor launched on Jan 29, 2008 was another government initiative to raise living standards, drive development and narrow the rural-urban economic gap.

The cooperation of agencies, business organisations and the business community was needed in the compilation of accurate and comprehensive data, he added. — Bernama