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Launching From Left to right: YBhg. Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman,CEO MIDA; Prof Dato’ Ir, Dr. Wan Ramli Wan Daud, President of MAHE; YB Liew Chin Tong, Deputy Minister of MITI; YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob, Chairman MIDA

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) organized an inaugural seminar with the theme ‘HydrogenEconomy – Building a Sustainable Ecosystem in Shaping the Future of Energy, Materials & Infrastructure at Perdana Hall, MIDA Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. The seminar was held to promote investments in the hydrogen economy to support the government’s agenda in attracting quality and sustainable investments in the new economy that uses innovative and cutting-edge technologies to boost industrial production and economic growth.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), YB Liew Chin Tong

The Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), YB Liew Chin Tong, in his keynote address, expressed “While hydrogen has been identified as a fuel for the future in Malaysia’s National Energy Policy, we are still in the process of developing a comprehensive roadmap and strategy for the hydrogen economy. The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, together with the National Nanotechnology Centre, are currently drafting the National Hydrogen Strategy.”

The seminar started with a welcome address by MIDA Chairman, YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob, followed by a keynote address by YB Liew Chin Tong, the Deputy Minister of International and Industry (MITI). Malaysia’s renowned researchers and experts in hydrogen technology, YBhg. Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Wan Ramli Wan Daud and YBhg. Prof. Dato. Ir. Dr. A Bakar Jaafar, also attended. Additionally, Mr. Mikaa Mered, a French Hydrogen Task Force member and Green Hydrogen Ambassador for IAHE, joined virtually from Marseille, France.

YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob, Chairman of MIDA

YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob, Chairman of MIDA, highlighted, “Hydrogen has the potential to play a key role in a clean, secure and affordable energy in the future. “Green” hydrogen is the term used to describe the production of hydrogen from renewable energy sources. Given our country’s abundant and widely spread solar resources as well as the government’s commitment to shift towards renewable energy, the time is suitable for industry players and investors to tap into the potential of “green” hydrogen production.”

YB Liew Chin Tong also launched the Malaysian Association of Hydrogen Energy (MAHE) to the industry players during the seminar. MAHE is a platform to synergise efforts towards the development of a Malaysian Hydrogen Energy Blueprint, establishing academia-industry project collaborations, development of hydrogen project demonstrations, consultations for knowledge and technology transfers, and planning for human capital development.

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