MyDIGITAL and Microsoft commit to innovation, digital skills, and building economic resilience for Malaysia

 |   Microsoft Malaysia

Photo above (From left to right): Mr. Fabian Bigar, CEO of MyDIGITAL Corporation; Dato’ Zainal Azman bin Abu Seman, Deputy Director General of Public Service (Operations), Public Service Department; Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, National Transformation Partnerships, Microsoft; Dato’ Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy); K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia; Dr Fazidah Abu Bakar, Director, Digital Government Division and Acting Deputy-DG of MAMPU

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Kuala Lumpur, 01 June 2022 – Microsoft and Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, the Minister for Economy in Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s Department today announced the MyDIGITAL GovTech Innovation partnership. Building on continued efforts to bolster Malaysia’s economic resilience, Microsoft and key Government agencies such as MyDIGITAL Corporation and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) will equip civil servants with digital skills and training, to support the nation’s aspiration for inclusive, responsible, and sustainable development.

Today’s announcement represents the next milestone of the Government of Malaysia’s partnership with Microsoft, progressing towards achieving the targets outlined in the 12th Malaysia Plan and Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint. The targets include 80% adoption of cloud storage across the Government in 2022 and 100% digital literacy among civil servants as well as 80% end-to-end online Government services by 2025.

Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed shared, “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,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, National Transformation Partnerships, Microsoft.

K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft in Malaysia said, “Since establishing our operations in Malaysia in 1992, Microsoft has been a trusted technology partner to the nation to advance the adoption of digital technologies while building digital capabilities among the people. This partnership was further cemented during the launch of Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia commitment last year, where we pledged to establish our first datacenter region in the country and skill an additional 1 million Malaysians by the end of 2023 while forming the MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council to collaborate on cloud-first and digital-native policies. 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 our pursuit of this goal.”

This announcement builds on the Letter of Intent (LoI) signed between Microsoft and MyDIGITAL Corporation during the Prime Minister, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob’s visit to the United States in May 2022. The LoI identified areas of collaboration including developing cybersecurity capabilities, driving the adoption of digital technologies by the public sector, and nurturing skilled talent to grow the digital economy.

The announcement of the MyDIGITAL GovTech Innovation partnership with Microsoft was also graced by Mr Fabian Bigar, CEO of MyDIGITAL Corporation and Datuk Shahul Dawood, Chief Executive of HRD Corp.