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Malaysia: Rolling out plans for ICT

23 July 2012

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The Malaysian government is moving forward with one of its flagship projects, an initiative that aims to make the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, one of its largest components. The ICT sector is already a major contributor to the country's economy.

However, if the state was to achieve its goals there were several issues to be addressed.

Currently, the industry represents around 10 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), a figure the government was keen to increase as it pushed to achieve developed nation status by 2020.

That plan was given a boost in early July, when one of the government’s lead agencies in its drive to develop the sector unveiled the first major projects in the Digital Malaysia programme, which was initiated by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, last October.

According to Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, chief executive officer (CEO) of Multimedia Development Corporation Bhd (MDeC), eight of the scheme’s projects have already been approved and will be rolled out in stages.

These and other initiatives will generate US$10 billion in investment value based on a public-private partnership model and will increase ICT’s input to GDP to 17 per cent – US$94 billion – by 2020, Badlisham announced on July 5.

“The investments will be used to create 160,000 jobs, besides providing an additional US$2,300 in annual income for 350,000 citizens via digital income by 2020,” he added.

Among the projects that cleared the approval stage are an ‘Asian e-fulfilment hub’, which seeks to develop Malaysia into a regional centre for servicing cross-border e-commerce shipments and e-payment services for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises.

At the core of Digital Malaysia was the aim of moving the industry from a supply-focused approach to a demand-focused one; shifting behaviour from being centred on consumption to production; and helping local talent form a high-knowledge, innovative workforce.

According to Datuk Fadillah Yusof, the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Digital Malaysia will help develop a cohesive digital ecosystem.

“These thrusts include initiating more demand-focused activities to leverage on the supply, encouraging internet users to come up with products or services while they consume from digital technologies, and increasing the development of local talent in key industries,” he said.

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