MDEC, Huawei to spearhead Malaysia as the ASEAN Digital Hub
(L-R) Surina Shukri, CEO of MDEC and Michael Yuan, CEO of Huawei Malaysia
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to spearhead the initiative to drive Malaysia’s position as the heart of Digital ASEAN. This collaboration will kickstart with a whitepaper development conducted by both parties on identifying and developing key elements to realise the aspiration of Malaysia being the regional digital hub.
The objective of this MoU is to develop a robust digital economy including information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, applied innovative technologies (5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), digital tech talent and digital connectivity. This partnership will see the sharing of best practices and knowledge-sharing between both parties, with Huawei taking the lead in providing technical and business advisory strategies and support.
MDEC Chief Executive Officer, Pn. Surina Shukri said, “From our partnership with Huawei, we aim to gain insights and knowledge in addressing the pain points and challenges faced by the digital ecosystem in Malaysia. We aim to be prepared with solutions to enable and facilitate the capacity building to realise the full potential of Malaysia’s digital economy through digital adoption and digital talent development.”
According to Huawei, for sustainable growth across all industries, talent development is one of the key areas to focus which will be included in the digital hub framework to emphasize the importance of nurturing digital skilled minded talents and foster a new wave of a digital workforce in the future.
The partnership will allow both parties to nurture and explore MDEC’s enterprises of all sizes including multinationals involved in high tech and/or digital activities that have the potential to become global players in the future. Huawei has chosen Malaysia as their Asia Pacific regional headquarters due to Malaysia’s growing stature in the ASEAN digital economy. This collaboration further cements Huawei’s confidence and investment in Malaysia.
(This content is surmised from a press release)