22 Nov Government Will Prioritise Three Areas To Develop Internet Economy – Minister
The Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will prioritise three areas in the next 12 to 18 months to develop the Digital Economy, said Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak today.
According to the Communications and Multimedia Minister, the three priorities were enhancing existing network infrastructure, developing interoperable platforms and improve security in existing networks.
“For whole industries to ride on the digital bandwagon and have consumers, businesses and government transact over these networks, on a large scale, it is important to make sure that the infrastructure can support this,” he said.
He said this when delivering his statement during the Ministerial Roundtable “Growing the digital economy: the role of government” at the International Telecom Union (ITU) Telecom World 2016 conference, here.
The four-day conference which was held at the IMPACT Arena exhibition centre was officially opened by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday.
Salleh also said connecting communities in remote and rural areas would be paramount and that the government had earmarked RM1 billion to expand the rural network infrastructure.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he said, had already declared that 2017 would be the year of Internet Economy for Malaysia.
On the second priority of developing interoperable and enabling platforms, he said, it was to increase the volume of digital transactions and harness data as a resource.
Such platforms according to him, included the payment systems, identity verifications, cloud services and big data analytics.
For the third priority of improving security and build greater trust as more transaction would attract more risks, Salleh said, the MCMC was currently in discussion with relevant agencies including the Bank Negara.
“Any discussion on the role of government in growing the Digital Economy is not exhaustive. It will really depend on what our priorities are and where we need to focus our resources.,” said the Minister.
ITU Telecom World 2016 is an annual event organised by the International Telecom Union, with a total of 28 country pavilions, including from Malaysia participating in the exhibitions.