KUALA LUMPUR: The shipbuilding and ship repairing industry will generate 20,000 employment opportunities by 2020, said International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
"A challenge that we face in this industry is a shortage of human capital, with a number of high-value jobs being done outside Malaysia.
"Basic ship repairing and ship building is done in Malaysia but when it comes to the finishing touches, it goes elsewhere. This due to the lack of skilled manpower and we need to address it.
"To date there are about 30,000 people working in this sector in Malaysia and it will increase to 50,000 by 2020," Mustapa told reporters at the Second National Marine Industries Forum, here on Tuesday.
He said the Malaysia Shipbuilding/Ship Repairing Strategic Plan 2020 is designed to put the country on the global map of major shipbuilding nations.
"The strategic plan helps chart the highly potential sector's growth and provide the framework for its development in a structured and well-planned manner," Mustapa added. - Bernama