Fo­cus on R&D to be­come de­vel­oped na­tion by 2050 — Ah­mad Zahid

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs to em­pha­size on the im­por­tance of re­search and de­veop­ment (R& D) and in­no­va­tion in the pur­suit of a de­vel­oped and high in­come na­tion, said Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Min­is­ter said in line with the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion 2050 ( TN50), the time has come for in­no­va­tion to be a ma­jor boost to pro­pel Malaysia to at­tain the tar­get such as other ma­jor world economies that also fo­cused on knowl­edge, in­no­va­tion, skills and high ex­per­tise.

“While the coun­try’s R& D against the Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct has risen from 1.26 per cent in 2014 to 1.3 per cent in 2015, it is still low com­pared to some other de­vel­oped coun­tries.

“In ad­di­tion to govern­ment funded R& D, the pri­vate sec­tor should also strive to in­crease spend­ing to sup­port th­ese R& D ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said when of­fi­ci­at­ing the Na­tional In­no­va­tion And Cre­ative Econ­omy Expo 2017 ( NICE’17) here yes­ter­day.

Also present were Min­is­ter of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Datuk Seri Pan­glima Wil­fred Ma­dius Tan­gau and Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s

While the coun­try’s R&D against the Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct has risen from 1.26 per cent in 2014 to 1.3 per cent in 2015, it is still low com­pared to some other de­vel­oped coun­tries.

Depart­ment Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim.

Ah­mad Zahid said fo­cus should also be given to con­duct­ing re­search in line with the pri­or­i­ties and re­quire­ments of the in­dus­try through strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tion between govern­ment, in­dus­try and aca­demics.

He said the plat­form is able to of­fer spe­cial­ist ser­vices to solve pro­duc­tion problems and strengthen co­op­er­a­tion between pro­duc­ers and re­search in­sti­tu­tions as well as re­duce R& D im­ple­men­ta­tion costs, en­hance tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and im­prove work pro­cesses. In­no­va­tion also played an im­por­tant role in in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity of the

Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter

coun­try’s eco­nomic sec­tors to high value and knowl­edge based ac­tiv­i­ties, he said.

He also noted that Malaysia is ranked 37th out of 127 coun­tries in the Global In­no­va­tion In­dex (GII) Re­port 2017 and the po­si­tion could be im­proved through in­vest­ment in the field of in­no­va­tion in the coun­try.

“We will fail as a govern­ment, a so­ci­ety and a na­tion if we failed to ex­ploit sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion. The so­lu­tion to al­most all our problems is sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy rather than pol­i­tics,” he said. — Ber­nama

Ah­mad Zahid looks at a demon­stra­tion by a ro­bot called Bax­ter af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing at the expo at Ta­man Tech­nol­ogy Malaysia. – Ber­nama photo

Hamzah of­fi­ci­ates at the‘Friends of KPDNKK (FOK)’ at De­wan Seri Men­takab. — Ber­nama photo

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