Deputy Economy Minister says Malaysia values ​​long-standing commitment to sustainable development

BANGKOK, April 22 — Malaysia will continue to leverage digital innovation for better policy interventions and improved social protection programs to achieve the sustainable development agenda.

Deputy Economy Minister Datuk Hanifa Hajar Taib said Malaysia launched the New Economic Policy (NEP) in the 1970s and has been dedicated to the sustainable development agenda, focusing on poverty eradication and social restructuring.

The Prime Minister said, “Achieving the SDGs requires strong regional cooperation and transformative partnerships, and Malaysia is committed to supporting developing countries through adequate finance, technical knowledge, technology transfer and continued capacity building. We are asking for more support.” The 80th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP 80) will be held here on Monday.

Mr. Hanifa said a whole-of-nation approach with inclusive decision-making and follow-through processes is important to bring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) onto the common agenda.

“In Malaysia, the Prime Minister chairs the SDG Council, which represents the highest governance body and leads the implementation of the SDGs with the participation of the public and private sectors, civil society organizations and academics,” she said.

He said strategies are currently underway to create an enabling environment for the digital economy, and these efforts include expanding digitization, strengthening research and development capabilities, and fostering commercialization and innovation. Ta.

“These initiatives are in line with Malaysia’s Digital Economy Blueprint, the National Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Policy and the Public Sector Digitalization Strategic Plan (PSPSA).

“Digital economy and e-commerce are projected to contribute 25% and 15.7% respectively to Malaysia’s GDP by 2025,” she added.

Recognizing the importance of connectivity, Malaysia aims to achieve 100 per cent 4G coverage and mobile broadband speeds of over 100Mbps in densely populated areas by 2025, ensuring access for all individuals and businesses. To ensure this, the telecommunications service was gazetted as a public utility in June 2021, he said. .

“Government Technology (GovTech) was introduced to enhance public service delivery, improve governance, and provide citizen-centric services that are accessible to all, including the Central Database Hub (PADU) and Malaysia Digital ID. Initiatives such as the (MyDigital ID) registry further demonstrate our commitment to digitization,” she said.

Earlier, Thai Prime Minister Suretta Thavisin hosted ESCAP 80 at the United Nations Conference Center here.

Themed “Harnessing Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific,” the conference will bring together government leaders, ministers and other key stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific region. We will discuss how we can contribute to achieving the SDGs across sectors. — Bernama

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