The Malaysian government and Google announced a strategic collaboration to create inclusive growth opportunities for more Malaysians and homegrown companies in the fast-growing digital economy, national news agency Bernama reported on Thursday.
“This latest commitment by Google, aimed at accelerating local innovation and talent development in the field of AI, will certainly boost the nation’s digital competitiveness, in line with the Madani Economy Framework and the New Industrial Master Plan 2030 (NIMP 2030),” Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said.
Malaysia’s Madani Economy Framework aims to increase the size of Malaysia’s economic pie, as well as ensure that all stakeholders – particularly the people and small businesses – will enjoy the ensuing socio-economic benefits, he was quoted as saying.
In 2022 alone, the company’s products and programs supported more than 47,900 jobs and also contributed, directly and indirectly, an estimated $2.8billion in economic benefits to local businesses.
“The partnership we are announcing today with the government of Malaysia aligns Google’s local mission of Advancing Malaysia Together with the government’s goal to create a supportive ecosystem for innovation that includes more meaningful and equitable job opportunities,” said President and Chief Investment Officer; Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet and Google, Ruth Porat.
Feature photo credits: Anwar Ibrahim’s Facebook page