Selangor Journal

Speeding up Selangor’s digitalisation initiative

By Alang Bendahara

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — As the world’s economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, Selangor is revving up its digitalisation initiative to revitalise the state’s economy.

Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the state’s digitalisation programmes will be expedited during the post-pandemic period.

“Recognising that the pandemic has accelerated digitalisation worldwide, Selangor is also expediting its plan in building a digital economy and ecosystem.

“The Smart Selangor Vision 2025, although developed before the pandemic hit the country, is designed to empower its people, businesses and the public sector by optimising digital technologies toward delivering our Smart State objectives across four key domains – Smart Government, Smart Economy, Smart Community and Smart Digital Infrastructure.

“This empowerment has become even more important now in a new post-pandemic social and economic landscape,” he said in his opening speech at the Selangor International Business Summit (SIBS) 2021 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, here today.

Amirudin said this will ensure that Selangor remains at the forefront of the digitalisation wave, while at the same time providing the foundation for attracting investors into high-technology and value-added sectors.

In addition, he said Selangor is moving towards high-tech industries to maintain its status as the country’s economic powerhouse.

“To ensure long-term sustainable growth, Selangor is keen to become a high-tech manufacturing centre. Selangor is actively seeking to attract investors with Industry 4.0 (4IR) capabilities, such as automation, industrial internet of things, and advanced robotics.

“One of the most important components of SIBS 2021 will be the annual Selangor R&D and Innovation Expo, a networking expo for researchers to demonstrate their ideas, network, and develop collaborations with venture capitalists, financiers, manufacturers, and marketers from around the region,” he said.

With the theme ‘Selangor the Gateway to Asean’, the SIBS 2021 event takes place in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from November 18 to 21 in a hybrid format.

This is the fifth edition of the state government-backed conference and exhibition series since its inception in 2016. The event brings together global brands and congregating industry players from around the world.

The physical event features about 500 booths, while its virtual form can be accessed via www.selangorbusinesshub.my and will showcase about 800 booths.

 

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