Be innovation-driven, Khaled tells Johor entrepreneurs

15 Aug Be innovation-driven, Khaled tells Johor entrepreneurs

Johor has to be innovation-driven when it comes to tapping into the potential of the digital marketplace as it is the only way for the state to stand out on the world stage.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said every activity ranging from shopping, work, entertainment and research for ‘ibadah’ (religous obligations) is now conducted online.

“Even applications for affordable housing is done online, namely the e-housing system,” Khaled said.

“Johor introduced its free WiFi network last year and we will be expanding the feature to more areas state-wide. Our challenge now is not only to expand the Johor free WiFi coverage but also to enhance its speed,” he said at the launch of the Johor Digital Innovation (ID Johor) 2016 event at Persada Johor International Convention Centre here today.

Also present were Johor Science and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Unit director Tunku Zahrah Tunku Osman, State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad and State Education, Information, Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Committee chairman Datuk Md Jais Sarday.

Khaled said that in line with the state government’s push for innovation in various sectors, the state launched the Institut Inovasi dan Strategik Johor (IISJ) last March. A campaign called “YouCanDuit”, a collaboration between the state government and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) was also launched at the event.

“YouCanDuit” aims to boost online entrepreneurship, and enable local entrepreneurs to sell their products worldwide.

The three-day event from Aug 12-14 is expected to draw around 15,000 people. About 70 agencies from the public and private sector are taking part in the event.

 

Source: New Straits Times

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