Initiatives to catalyse digital economy to be launched in Malaysia

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa revealed two flagship initiatives to promote the digital economy and investment opportunities in the country and the region. The first is the DE Rantau programme, which is aimed at establishing Malaysia as the preferred Digital Nomad Hub in a bid to boost digital adoption and promote digital professional mobility and tourism across the country. The second is the Malaysia Digital Trade programme, which is set to drive interoperability and greater harmonisation of standards and regulatory approaches, to facilitate trade within and across borders. ‘The Digital Nomad Hub is a departure from the location-based approach under MSC Malaysia. Now it is not just the Kuala Lumpur or Cyberjaya Super Corridor. It should not be exclusive, (or) location-based. (Having it) throughout the country, that is the part of major departure. Of course, if we want to encourage digital nomads, we must have the facilities in those areas, especially if you want to promote tourism in places such as Sipadan, Langkawi, or Tioman,’ said Musa.