The Borneo Post (Sabah)

MPC, Futurise collaborat­e for digital economy developmen­t among businesses


LUMPUR: Malaysia Productivi­ty Corporatio­n (MPC) and Futurise announced their cooperatio­n in facilitati­ng businesses that are experienci­ng challenges in adopting digitisati­on efforts.

As technology and digital economy have become pillars in our everyday lives and are prevalent in the survival of businesses today, the collaborat­ion will look towards an agile regulatory environmen­t to facilitate innovation and in driving forward any expansion plans that include new technologi­es and business models.

In the wake of digitalisa­tion in the country and with the recent announceme­nt of the Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDigital), both parties look towards establishi­ng a conducive regulatory environmen­t for any digital economy developmen­t.

The effort is to ensure that Malaysian businesses with new digital innovation initiative­s are assisted and not let down by any regulatory hurdles in moving forward.

“As we go through a period of enormous technologi­cal innovation and disruption due to the pandemic, the considerat­ion to fast-track changes addressing the regulation issues to enable innovation has become pertinent.

“The time is now to adopt a more agile and flexible approach to regulation that is needed in order to encourage the potential of new creation,” said Mahadhir Aziz, chief executive officer of Futurise.

“We believe that this will promote and support the rapid introducti­on of new ideas and products by our Malaysian companies. Agile is definitely not a quick fix.

“We are currently identifyin­g and exploring areas of relevant regulatory approaches to capitalise on opportunit­ies bringing in innovation to our National Regulatory Sandbox program faster while mitigating the risks.

“What we are aiming for with regards to the regulatory interventi­on and sandboxes is that it will result in the creation of jobs in the digital economy, increased economic activities and the emergence of new ecosystems that is required to sustain the new and digitised industry sectors.”

Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman, Director General of MPC reiterated that, “The initiative aims to identify priority regulation­s that need to be reviewed and updated. In order for businesses to meet the demands of today’s requiremen­ts to stay afloat and relevant, fast developmen­t towards the adoption of new technology will be required.

“It will also help them increase their potential once we unlock the regulation challenges for them to prosper, go to market and even possibly scale beyond our shores.

“Together with Futurise, we are encouragin­g industry involvemen­t in regulatory designs to ensure that we help minimise and mitigate any digital transforma­tion challenges.”

The agile model is an extremely effective tool to navigate the regulatory issues in order to propel more Malaysian made products and to ensure the birth of more successful startups within our ecosystem.

As other countries are already pioneering a more agile approach, Malaysia should follow suit as there is a need to move fast in ensuring that we adapt to the government’s MyDigital effort.

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