MSC Malaysia Local Advisory Panel holds inaugural meeting

CYBERJAYA: The MSC Malaysia Local Advisory Panel (LAP) has held its first meeting to chart strategies for the further development of the country’s MSC Malaysia initiative.

LAP members discussed key issues on preparing the nation for the innovative digital economy, through three main initiatives.

The objectives are Growing Domestic Direct Investment (DDI) by strengthening the local ICT industry, enhancing competitiveness through specialisation in niche areas, and boosting talent by harnessing the right skill sets.

Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, chaired the meeting which took place here yesterday.

The LAP is one of the initiatives under the MSC Malaysia 2.0 strategic plan, which provides a framework for the third phase of the MSC Malaysia’s development from 2011 to 2020.

LAP members comprise local ICT industry luminaries and thought leaders, as well as representatives from non-government organisations, institutions of higher learning, and the private and public sectors.

Similar to the MSC Malaysia International Advisory Panel, the LAP advises, counsels and provides input to the Government in setting the agenda for the way forward in the development and growth of the MSC Malaysia and ICT industry in general.

“The LAP is a platform for the Government and MDeC to obtain accurate, timely and expert advice from a local perspective,” said Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) which is guardian of MSC Malaysia.

“It strengthens our efforts to drive MSC Malaysia forward as a key component in the creation of a high-income, innovation-driven, knowledge economy that is the ultimate goal of the New Economic Model unveiled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.”


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