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MDEC partners with Huawei to spearhead Malaysia as ASEAN Digital Hub

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The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to drive Malaysia’s position as the heart of Digital ASEAN.

The initiative will kickstart with a whitepaper development by both parties and go on to develop key elements to realise Malaysia as the regional digital hub.

“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,” said MDEC’s chief executive officer, Surina Shukri.

The MoU will also see the sharing of practices and knowledge-sharing between both parties, with Huawei taking lead in providing technical and business advisory strategies.

Both parties will continue to conduct joint research and services by working with various government bodies to publish white paper studies for the benefit of improving Malaysia’s digital economy.

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 emphasise the importance of nurturing digital skilled minded talents and foster a new wave of a digital workforce in the future.

Michael Yuan, chief executive officer of Huawei Malaysia says, “Huawei is grateful to be part of Malaysia’s nation-building efforts and to work with MDEC on various programmes. We have been here for 19 years and our continued focus will be on developing and nurturing more digital talent to create sustainable economic growth across all industries especially through our Huawei ASEAN Academy.”

The MoU will also include both parties leveraging the strategic partnership built through MDEC’s Global Acceleration & Innovation Network (GAIN) and Huawei’ Sparks Accelerator programme initiatives.

The partnership will further 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 also been appointed as a Technology Partner under the MDEC’s Data Technology Partnership Program to further accelerate data-driven enterprises and develop digital talent.

[Source: “MDEC partners with Huawei to spearhead Malaysia as ASEAN Digital Hub” published by BusinessToday.com.my]
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