KUALA LUMPUR: Developing a prevention model against threats of natural disaster; health and food supply, as well as bridging the technology gap through smart systems for connected urban-rural communities are goals for the Science, Technology, and Innovation Ministry (Mosti).
The ministry will use the 4K approach – community, collaboration, progress and prosperity – in implementing seven key initiatives this year to ensure the development of science, technology and innovation (STI), said its minister Chang Lih Kang, reported Bernama.
Mosti will also improve people’s socio-economic status through social innovation initiatives, continue the MYHackathon programme as well as recognise local goods, services, technologies and innovations.
It will empower STI talents through upskilling for deeptech and future skills programmes, and promote the development and application of advanced technologies.
“Our role is important in creating a supportive and conducive ecosystem to develop technologies that can help the people and the country, especially in promoting an innovation-based economy,” he said when delivering the 2023 New Year’s message at the ministry here yesterday.
On the 4K approach, Chang said there is a need to strengthen the collaboration among various stakeholders to implement the STI agenda, especially the sharing of expertise and resources among the federal and state governments, local authorities and industry.
He said that even though the implementation would require a long time to ensure its sustainability, the participation of the four key stakeholders, namely government, academia, industry and society, is crucial to driving the national STI agenda.
“This is important to ensure that STI advancement contributes to the creation of high-skilled jobs, new business models and industries to increase competitiveness and economic resilience,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chang said the ministry would utilise existing technologies and promote disruptive technology through services offered by agencies under the ministry to improve disaster early warning systems and applications and conduct related research and commercialisation activities.