The Department of Industrial Development and Research (DIDR) was formed in 1977 by a State Cabinet directive and placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Industrial Development. DIDR is entrusted with the responsibility of promoting and coordinating industrial development in Sabah.
To be the lead agency in promoting development of the industrial sector in Sabah.
Promoting development of the state's industrial sector through development of small and medium industries, investment promotion, research and industry services.
Assisting to develop Sabah through development of the industrial sector.
Promote foreign and domestic investment in Sabah, especially in the manufacturing sector;
Undertake research/studies on the economy of Sabah, mainly on the manufacturing sector;
Process manufacturing license and approval to set up manufacturing projects in Sabah;
Assisting in solving problems faced in the implementation of investment projects; and
Carry out activities to enhance the capability of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Meaning of the Logo
The department's logo symbolises the role of our organisation, who we are as members of the organisation and what our values and aspirations are.
The wordings "Department of Industrial Development & Research" in white letterings at the bottom set against a red background, indicate that we are a department with a mission to promoting industrialisation in Sabah.
The four green bars on the left denote the various categories of industries we promote, including micro, small and medium scale, large-scale and high-impact industries. Arranged in the form of steps, the bars also tell of the department's determination to achieving greater heights in its effort in promoting of industrialisation in the state.
The letterings "DiDR" in blue, while also being the acronym for "The Department of Industrial Developemnt & Research", indicate the values of the department, viz., Dedication, Integrity, Determination and Resourcefulness.
The letter "i" also denotes the department's human capital, the main asset of the organisation. This striped "i" symbolises a multi-skilled staff, capable of multi-tasking and ready to employ new methodologies and technologies to improve its efficiency and productivity.
In so far as the colours are concerned,
Green denotes eco-friendliness, whereby due consideration is given to safeguarding the environment in the department's effort to promote industrialisation;
Blue denotes professionalism in carrying its role and functions;
White denotes integrity;
Red denotes strong desire to excel.