THE Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) held the first MDeC Online Community Gathering in Kuching, Sarawak last Friday, in its bid to engage with the online communities in East Malaysia.
Focusing on the adopting digital technologies to fuel business growth and create connected communities, the panel discussion was joined by Kashminder Singh, co-Founder of pitchIN.my, Carol Fung, e-Commerce trainer from Chiica Consultants and Cyril Dason, coordinator and founder of Sarawak Bloggers, as speakers at the discussion.
MDec youth division director Sumitra Nair said, “There is a lot of potential for growth in terms of connectivity in Sarawak.
“Through our Digital Malaysia initiative, MDeC foresees that digital adoption can greatly benefit the people in the state, especially the four key communities identified under Digital Malaysia; youth, digital entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises and the bottom 40% of the population with the lowest income.
“It is our hope that by becoming more connected, we would provide more opportunities for business growth to these communities and move holistically as a nation towards the Digital Economy.”
Digital Malaysia’s desired digital economy outcomes includes increased wealth following as a follow on to improved gross national income, enhanced productivity and improved standard of living.
The greater usage of ICT across all levels of society will no doubt fulfil Malaysia’s aspiration of achieving a high income nation status by the year 2020.
The challenge for the near future is to create an ecosystem that promotes the pervasive use of ICT in all aspects of the economy to connect communities globally and interact in real time.
Moving forward, MDeC will continue to overcome this challenge by providing platforms for discussion and info-sharing across all states in the country to encourage the adoption of digital technologies.