CYBERJAYA, 12 MAY 2021: The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the lead agency in Malaysia’s digital transformation, welcomed the Ministry of Finance’s (MOF) 2021 first quarter GDP report which saw a better performance than previous quarters with key economic indicators showing improvement.
MDEC reiterates its commitment to strengthen its working relationship with various ministries and agencies especially in the digital economy sector which has shown strong growth in this new norm.
MDEC will continue to play an active role in boosting the country’s competitiveness by enhancing digitalisation initiatives and digital skills of the workforce in line with the government’s five key focus areas to drive the nation’s recovery. This is being implemented through various initiatives to drive digital adoption for micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as well as to improve the digital skills of the people through public-private partnership programs which include the Premier Digital TechnologyInstitution (PDTI), Industrial Skills Framework (IndSF), Digital Skills Training Directory for working professionals and a data technology collaboration program with technology giants. These programs were introduced to accelerate development of digital talents as part of MDEC’s efforts to push Malaysia to make the digital leap into the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
The National Council of Digital Economy and 4IR (MED4IR) chaired by the Prime Minister, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently endorsed the formation of the National eCommerce Strategic Roadmap (NESR) 2.0 Taskforce following the achievements of NESR 1.0. MDEC has been entrusted to lead the Project Management Office of the NESR 2.0 Taskforce with the mandate to oversee the successful implementation of NESR 2.0.
A total of 639 organisations and individuals were engaged as part of MDEC’s primary market research work in the development of NESR 2.0. carried out in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. This included 196 companies, 18 industry associations, 40 Government Ministries and agencies.
NESR 2.0 will be guided by three overaching objectives, namely; to intensify eCommerce adoption and growth, to enhance ecosystem development and to strengthen policy and regulatory environment.
MDEC notes that Malaysia remains one of the top investment destinations in the region, receiving foreign direct investments (FDI) worth RM81.9 billion in high quality investments involving technology, innovation, green technology and financial technology sectors. This inflows have enabled more employment opportunities for the local skilled workforce, in line with Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030) as outlined by the government.
In this area, MDEC has announced a collaboration with Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) to facilitate investment efforts related to the digital sector through the establishment of the Digital Investment Office (DIO), a fully-digital collaborative platform to coordinate and facilitate all digital investments. The objective of this endeavour is not only to create awareness on digital investments in the country but to also strengthen the coordination among all Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) in promoting and attracting new investments in our nation’s digital economy.
The first quarter GDP report presented by the Minister of Finance, YB Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz saw the online retail sales index register a growth of 18.3 per cent year-on-year.
At the close of 2020, 489,000 MSME adopted eCommerce while 378,000 SME were trained to utilise the eCommerce platform. Companies using eCommerce for export grew exponentially from 1,800 to 27,000. The sector also attracted investment worth RM1.5 billion for the establishment of regional eFullfilment hubs.
“This will further give confidence and drive the growth and development of the digital economy, fuelling our efforts to create an innovative, inclusive and technology-integrated society in line with Malaysia 5.0,” said Datuk Wira Dr Hj Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, MDEC Chairman.
MDEC will continue to focus in driving adoption of digital technologies among SMEs and micro–entrepreneurs and this initiative has clearly shown results as Malaysia is poised to maintain its position as one of the top eCommerce markets in ASEAN, with gross merchandise value (GMV) expected to
grow to reach a total value of US $11.4 billion in 2020, a six percent Year-on-Year increase.
“MDEC welcomes the results of the first quarter GDP report and it will provide guidance in driving the country’s economic recovery. In this regard, MDEC will continue to provide the necessary support to local companies and startups that have the potential to emerge as Unicorn companies to further expand into the global market. Our efforts are in line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) and to firmly establish Malaysia as the Heart of Digital ASEAN,” said Surina Shukri, MDEC CEO.
In early April 2021, MDEC also rolled out the MyDigitalWorkForce Work In Tech (MYWiT) initiative, a training and hiring incentive programme aimed at boosting the digital business services sector as well as developing quality tech talents in Malaysia. The objective of the initiative is to upskill and subsidize talents and businesses with RM100 million in training and salary incentives. More than 300 companies within these sectors are expected to gain from this program while an estimated 6,000 job opportunities will be created with the aim to produce at least 1,000 quality tech talents.
MDEC will continue to lead Malaysia’s digital transformation for equitable digital economy opportunities, driving a globally competitive digital nation in line with the vision of Malaysia 5.0, a nation deeply integrated with technology that empowers inclusivity, sustainability and shared prosperity.
About Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia entrusted to lead Malaysia’s digital economy forward.
Incorporated in 1996 to oversee the development of the MSC Malaysia initiative, MDEC’s primary mandate today is to accelerate the growth of digitally-skilled Malaysians, digitally-powered businesses and digital investments in Malaysia. MDEC is focused on creating inclusive, high-quality growth through the nationwide digitalisation initiatives that are in line with the Government’s Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 in line with Malaysia 5.0 and firmly establishing Malaysia as the Heart of Digital ASEAN.