Digital skills development

(Source – Microsoft)

Microsoft commits to innovation, digital skills development, and building economic resilience for Malaysia

Digital skills development continues to be on the agenda in almost every developing country in the world. In Southeast Asia, the demand for digital skills have seen increased investment in development by both the government and organizations.

For example, countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are working with big tech companies for digital skill development of their workforce over the last couple of years. From cybersecurity to data science, digital skill development primarily focuses on enabling the workforce to adapt to working with emerging technologies being implemented.

In Malaysia, Microsoft has announced a partnership with the Malaysian government to bolster Malaysia’s economic resilience. The MyDIGITAL GovTech will equip civil servants with digital skills and training to support the nation’s aspiration for inclusive, responsible and sustainable development.

This marks a milestone between Microsoft and the Malaysian government’s plan outlined in the 12th Malaysia Plan and Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint, which is to achieve 100% digital literacy among civil servants as well as 80% end-to-end online Government services by 2025.

According to Malaysian Minister of Economy, Mustapa Mohamed, “The role of Malaysia’s civil service is key to building Malaysia’s economic resilience in these challenging times. Our long-standing partnership with Microsoft enables the civil service to be more innovative, data-driven and rakyat-centric in finding solutions as well as formulating effective policies. An initiative such as this is an important step for Malaysia to equip ourselves with the relevant tools and capabilities to develop a digital-first economy. We welcome Microsoft’s continued contribution as a knowledge and technology partner to Malaysia, including their commitment to train 300,000 people by 2024 with the Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp).”

Today’s announcement is in addition to the Cloud Framework Agreement (CFA) signed between Microsoft and MAMPU, to create a trusted cloud network and empower the public sector of Malaysia in their digital transformation journey.

“Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Everyone must benefit. Without a doubt, this is reflected in our commitment to Malaysia. This year marks Microsoft’s 30 years in Malaysia, and we are happy to commemorate the occasion with our partners from the Government of Malaysia. Microsoft will remain steadfast in our partnership to enable Malaysia to leverage our expertise and capabilities in technology to power inclusive economic growth and resilience in the digital era,” commented Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, National Transformation Partnerships, Microsoft.

For K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft in Malaysia, the MyDIGITAL GovTech Innovation partnership is a critical steppingstone to position Malaysia as a digital leader in the region, and Microsoft is committed to standing alongside with and supporting Malaysia in its pursuit of this goal