MyDigital, Microsoft partner to equip civil servants with digital skills 

by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic source: Mustapa Mohamed FB

MYDIGITAL Corp and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) have partnered Microsoft Corp to equip civil servants with digital training to support the nation’s aspiration for inclusive, responsible and sustainable development.

The MyDigital GovTech Innovation was announced by the Minister for Economy in the Prime Minister’s (PM) Department Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed yesterday.

It marks the government’s milestone with Microsoft towards achieving the targets outlined in the 12th Malaysia Plan and Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint, which include 80% adoption of cloud storage across the government in 2022, 100% digital literacy among civil servants and 80% end-to-end online government services by 2025.

Mustapa said the Malaysian civil service role is key to building the resilience of the Malaysian economy in these challenging times.

Therefore, Malaysia’s long-standing partnership with Microsoft will enable the civil service to be more innovative, data-driven and people-centric in finding solutions as well as formulating effective policies.

“An initiative such as this is an important step for us 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 Corp (HRDC),” he said.

In addition, the announcement also underpins the recent Cloud Technology Framework signed between Microsoft and Mampu to build a reliable cloud network and empower the public sector in Malaysia to achieve digital transformation.

Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive VP and president, National Transformation Partnerships, Microsoft, said it is the company’s mission to empower every person and organisation to achieve more. 

“Everyone must benefit. Without a doubt, this is reflected in our commitment to 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,” he said. 

On the other hand, Microsoft in Malaysia MD K Raman said Microsoft has been a trusted technology partner to the nation to advance the adoption of digital technologies while building digital capabilities among the people since its establishment in the country in 1992.

“This partnership was further cemented during the launch of Microsoft’s ‘Bersama Malaysia’ commitment last year, where we pledged to establish our first datacentre region in the country and skill an additional one 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 stepping stone 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,” he added.

The announcement was a follow-up to the letter of intent (LoI) signed between Microsoft and MyDigital in conjunction with PM Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri’s visit to the US last month.

The LoI identified relevant areas of cooperation including developing cyber security capabilities, encouraging the use of digital technology by the public sector and nurturing skilled talent to grow the digital economy.

Also present at the event was MyDigital CEO Fabian Bigar and HRDC CEO Datuk Shahul Dawood.