PHOTO - Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO, Multimedia Development Corporatio (MDeC).
The recently announced national initiative Digital Malaysia to develop Malaysia into an advanced digital economy by 2020 is on track with a first wave of eight projects with a cumulative targeted Gross National Income of RM270.75 million (almost US$88 million) by the end of 2013.
Addressing the Digital Malaysia steering committee on 25 September 2012, the Minister of Science Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, said: "Last year, the Prime Minister announced the Digital Malaysia initiative and gave MDeC the task of spearheading this effort. Since then, MDeC and MOSTI have been hard at work in mapping out the development of Digital Malaysia. The projects are progressing as planned and we are pleased to note the commitment by the public and private sectors in rolling out these projects."
The minister added that there has been an investment commitment of RM187.47 million (about US$61 million) from the private sector.
These eight projects (detailed in the appendix below), which are the first wave of the Digital Malaysia programme, are: the Asian e-Fulfillment Hub, Enabling e-Payment Services for SMEs and Micro Enterprises, Shared Enterprise Services, Develop On-Demand Customised Online Education, Microsourcing to Generate Income for the B40, Facilitating Societal Upliftment, Establish a Trusted Mobile Digital Wallet Platform and Growing the Embedded Systems Industry.
National ICT agency, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) chief executive officer, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, said: "While these projects are ripe for development with the right infrastructure, systems and partners in place, it would not achieve its ultimate target of increasing the nation's Gross National Income (GNI), enhancing productivity and improving standards of living without the participation of the right target audience."
The steering committee was also updated on key milestones achieved in the implementation of the ICT Satellite Account (ICTSA) by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), the Department of Statistics (DoS) and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU). The ICTSA will measure the impact of the ICT sector on the local economy.
Developed digital economy by 2020
Badlisham said that following in the steps of the successful Tourism Satellite Account, the ICTSA will provide a statistical framework for organising and presenting information about ICT and e-commerce products and related activities. These would be based on six primary indicators and nineteen secondary supply and demand side indicators.
The first report targeted to be published by the year-end will cover the period of 2005 to 2010. The set-up of the ICTSA is also timely as it will provide greater insight and data on ICT and e-commerce, two fundamental components of Digital Malaysia, in light of the implementation of its eight projects this year.
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