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(Left to Right): Borge Brende CEO of World Economic Forum, Rafizi Ramli, Minister of Economy, Hajjah Hanifah, Deputy Minister of Economy and Fabian Bigar, CEO of MyDigital.

With plans to accelerate Green Transition and Digital Transformation, the World Economic Forum along with the Malaysian Government launched a Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution known as the Malaysia Centre for 4IR – the first-of-its-kind in Southeast Asia. Officiated by YB Rafizi Ramli, Minister of Economy with Børge Brende, the President of the World Economic Forum, the Centre focuses on the ever-growing fast-paced sectors and digital transformation that includes green energy transitions.

The Centre has the responsibility of motivating and supporting digital advancements regarding the digital economy and green transition in Malaysia. It will also serve as a platform to bring together leaders from the government, business, academia, civil society and others with the function of it being public-private. The possibilities of this Centre are endless, not only does it have the potential to achieve the higher value of technology, but with its new platform it can advance new partnerships for the greater good of Malaysia’s society and economy. 

YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia cum Minister of Finance (MOF) said, “Malaysia is honored to be part of the global network of Centres for the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the first Centre for 4IR  in Southeast Asia. This is a testament to the critical value of Malaysia’s efforts to become an advanced, digitally-driven, high-income nation and a regional digital economy leader fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and collaborations between stakeholders. The Malaysia Centre for 4IR will further strengthen Malaysia’s human-centred policy towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution and contribute towards our target of entering the Top 20 in the Global Innovation Index. We are confident that a resilience-oriented approach will also improve the nation’s People’s Wellbeing Index score and enhance productivity to create inclusive, balanced, responsible and sustainable economic growth.”

MYDIGITAL Corporation will host the Centre for the purpose to transform Malaysia into a digitally-driven, high-income nation and global leader. For Malaysia, this is one step closer in their journey to achieve their best in technology governance and innovation. With this launch, 4IR joins 18 other Centres, which approach new technological heights on an international level. We have high hopes for the Malaysia Centre for 4IR and we are confident this will help drive the country’s transition into a whole new era.

For more information, please visit: [link to website stated on the press release].

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