Govt to commercialise local tech products, apps


THE Communications and Multimedia Ministry is making efforts to improve the commercialisation, branding and marketing of local information technology products including apps in order to increase their export potential.

Its deputy minister, Eddin Syazlee Shith (picture) said this would be in tandem with improving Malaysia’s connectivity infrastructure through the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan and 5G roll-out.

“The HMEC 2019 is a great platform for Malaysian developers and technopreneurs to capitalise on these developments while paving the way for creating a sustainable pipeline of next generation app developers.

“In fact, developers participating in this programme will also have access to as many as 270 million monthly active Huawei app users on over 350 million phones globally.

“Beyond that, they can also take advantage of Huawei’s technological knowledge, engineering expertise and its Research and Development labs,” he said when officiating at the Huawei Malaysia Ecosystem Conference 2019 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The event, organised by Huawei in partnership with Malaysia Digital Economy Corp and Media Prima Group, was one of the biggest platforms that brought together delegates from the government and the I T industry players including app developers.

Huawei has also rolled out its App Developer Scholarship programme where Universiti Malaya and Universiti Teknologi Mara each received RM30,000 to help them build a talent pipeline to ensure industry-ready talents.

When met after the event, Eddin Syazlee said the scholarship was to encourage students to work actively in creating more apps.

“This is a chance given to university students for development enhancement and to increase employment opportunities for those interested in the field of creating apps,” he added.