The SME Association of Malaysia (SME Malaysia), National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) and Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei), through its Huawei ASEAN Academy, have formed a strategic collaboration in nurturing digital talents to train and future-ready more than 10,000 members of the small and medium enterprises (SME) and tech community for one year.
In hopes to transform Malaysia into a digitally driven ecosystem, the collaboration covers the following areas via the training programme:
Guidance on industry trends to raise general ICT awareness;
Ecosystem talent enablement to offer technical training and certification; and
Skills improvement for members of the SME and tech community.
The pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation agenda across the world, and Malaysia is no different. The collaboration comes in line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL), launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on February 19 this year.
MyDIGITAL is the latest systematic policy for businesses and rakyat Malaysia to benefit from a more integrated digital ecosystem, mapping out the six aspects of economic competitiveness, digital and data infrastructure, digital talent, public sector, society and digital environment.
In addition, MyDIGITAL anticipates 875,000 MSMEs to adopt digitalisation by 2025 to accelerate digital transformation. Not only will it benefit them in using e-commerce and digitalised operations, but it is the foundation in creating their competitive business models – supported by the necessary skillsets and talent in using technologies like AI, app development and data analytics.
SME Malaysia National President, Datuk Michael Kang, said, “This collaboration is a significant step towards the digitisation of our economy and SMEs in particular and to provide entrepreneurial and employment opportunities as we grapple with the ever-changing market conditions.”
With the availability of digital talents, it will increase the competitiveness in developing Malaysia as a strategic location for doing business within the region.
Dato’s Sean Seah, PIKOM Deputy Chairman, expressed his excitement on this journey and further discussed how this collaboration has helped produce tech talents. “We are very excited to be part of this journey. This is another milestone for our PIKOM Academy to further expand our programmes in producing tech talents”, said Dato’ Sean Seah. “With more than 1,000 corporate members in the tech association that constantly seek training, upskilling and reskilling for new and current staff, we look forward to be working alongside Huawei and SME Malaysia.”
At the event, Huawei Malaysia’s Vice-President of Human Resources, Mr Choh Yau Meng, said that overcoming technology barriers will unlock a whole world of opportunities for Malaysia SMEs. Huawei realises that SMEs play a crucial role in the economy. The company is committed to accelerating the digital growth of SMEs and supports the vision of the Malaysian government to transform this sector digitally.
“For many SMEs, technology is a barrier in itself, but it is also the key for them not only to survive, but also to thrive. Therefore, as a global technology leader, Huawei believes that it is our duty to use our expertise and resources such as 5G, cloud and AI, to help these SMEs, as well as tech associations, incorporate digital solutions,” said Mr Choh.