Ex­pand­ing the Malaysian dig­i­tal econ­omy

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By SHARMILA NAIR bytz@thes­tar.com.my

MALAYSIA fur­ther strength­ens its dig­i­tal part­ner­ship with the United King­dom with the up­com­ing UK Mega Tech­nol­ogy Mis­sion Malaysia 2017 (UK Mega Tech).

Up to 50 Bri­tish tech com­pa­nies will be in Malaysia from Oct 9 to 11 in search of op­por­tu­ni­ties to connect, col­lab­o­rate and in­no­vate with po­ten­tial Malaysian busi­ness part­ners.

This is a co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Malaysia Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion (MDEC), the UK Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade (DIT), to­gether with the Small and Medium En­ter­prises Cor­po­ra­tion Malaysia (SME Corp).

“We al­ready have 48 or­gan­i­sa­tions signed up for this event. There will be many dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties, and the ques­tion is, how do we make the most of that?” said Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Malaysia Vicki Tread­ell.

“This is a con­tem­po­rary and rel­e­vant part­ner­ship be­tween Malaysia and the UK, look­ing at is­sues that mat­ter to us,” she added at the UK Mega Tech soft launch in Kuala Lumpur.

Also at the event were MDEC CEO Datuk Yasmin Mah­mood, Standard Char­tered Malaysia CIO and Is­lamic Bank­ing Group CIO Datuk Arif Sid­diqui, iGene CEO Matt Chandran and Malaysia Trea­sury sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ir­wan Seri­gar Ab­dul­lah, who dis­cussed the col­lab­o­ra­tion among the na­tions.

The strate­gic part­ners for UK Mega Tech in­clude the Bri­tish Malaysian Cham­ber of Com­merce, Global En­trepreneur­ship Move­ment, Malaysian Global In­no­va­tion and Cre­ative Cen­tre (Magic) and the Na­tional ICT As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (Pikom).

The two-day in­vite-only event is de­signed to connect tech­preneurs, start/scale-ups and es­tab­lished busi­nesses with a fo­cus on fin­tech, Big Data an­a­lyt­ics, smart cities, ecom­merce, In­ter­net of Things, cloud stor­age and cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

“The fu­ture is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the in­dus­try play­ers and game chang­ers. It makes for great syn­ergy when Malaysian com­pa­nies ac­tively connect and ex­pand their busi­nesses to col­lab­o­rate with and di­rectly ben­e­fit from the crossovers of tal­ent and in­no­va­tions,” said Mohd Ir­wan.

“For the UK tech com­pa­nies, we wel­come you to look at Malaysia as a strate­gic base in Asia, given our com­mit­ment to po­si­tion dig­i­tal econ­omy as a key to Malaysia’s trans­for­ma­tion to­wards 2050 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion (TN50).”

The UK Mega Tech marks the lat­est mile­stone for Malaysia-UK col­lab­o­ra­tion in the tech sec­tor since the sign­ing of an MoU be­tween MDEC and DIT last year.

“Tech part­ner­ship be­tween Malaysia and the UK are de­liv­er­ing re­sults. In the last year, we have seen MDEC sign three MoUs in the ar­eas of cy­ber­se­cu­rity and smart cities.

“We want to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing, with Malaysia as our part­ner of choice in the tech­nol­ogy sec­tor,” said Tread­ell.

Malaysian tech­preneurs, start/ scale-ups and es­tab­lished busi­nesses look­ing to tie up and in­no­vate with UK part­ners can sign up for the UK Mega Tech Mis­sion Malaysia 2017 in Septem­ber via the In­spired Mo­bile web­site (https://www. in­spired-mo­bile.com/).

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