The Ministry of Communications is focusing on three aspects to make M’sia an ICT hub, says Annuar

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia is focusing on three main aspects in its efforts to make Malaysia an information and communications technology (ICT) hub, in line with Malaysia’s Digital Economy Initiative (MyDigital).

His Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (Photo) said the three main aspects are improving communication infrastructure, attracting digital investment, and building the workforce and human capital in the digital technology sector.

“To strengthen the connectivity ecosystem, the Ministry has implemented the National Digital Infrastructure Plan or Jendela with the aim of extending coverage and improving the quality of broadband services as a whole, through various initiatives and to prepare the country for the transition to 5G technology.

“The ministry is also improving the connectivity ecosystem infrastructure as part of the Jendela+ plan to support the implementation of MyDigital.

“Jendela+ focuses on three elements, namely International Connectivity (IC), Internet Exchange Point (IXP) and Data Center (DC),” he said during the Q&A- responses to Dewan Negara Monday, August 15. .

He said this in response to a question from Senator Mohd Apandi Mohamad who wanted to know what steps the ministry is taking to make Malaysia an ICT hub in Southeast Asia. – Bernama

Regarding digital investment, Annuar said, through the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the ministry has developed a five-year strategic plan (2021-2025) which focuses on five main areas to attract investment and stimulate the country’s digital economy.

The five main thrusts are to target RM50bil investment in the digital economy, create 50,000 job opportunities in the digital industry, attract 50 Fortune 500 technology companies to do business in Malaysia and enable five global unicorn companies to operate in the country.

“The strategic action plans adopted by MDEC to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Domestic Direct Investment (DDI) and position Malaysia as an ASEAN digital hub include empowering the office of Digital Investment (DIO), a collaborative platform with the Malaysian Investment Development Board (MIDA), as a one-stop-shop for digital investment facilitation.

“In addition to this, establish collaboration at international and state levels to accelerate digital investment; accelerate domestic demand generation to drive strategic investment; ensure availability of investment locations to support Malaysia’s initiatives digital; stimulate digital business reinvestment in Malaysia by promoting market opportunities in the Digital Malaysia initiative,” he said. – Bernama