The Digital Malaysia programme is on track with the gradual implementation of its first eight projects with a cumulative targeted GNI of RM270.75 Mil by the end of 2013. The projects’ progress has also seen investment commitment of RM187.47 Mil from the private sector.
These eight projects 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.
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.
Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili comments: “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.”
Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, the Chief Executive Officer for MDeC adds, “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.”
Digital Malaysia is the nation’s programme to advance the country towards a developed digital economy by 2020 by creating an ecosystem that promotes the pervasive use of ICT in all aspects of the society, government and economy.
To this effect, 25 Digital Malaysia projects will be implemented in stages. The first wave of eight projects was rolled out in July this year, with the remaining 17 projects to be announced in stages from next year.