The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Perak Investment Management Centre (InvestPerak) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the digitalisation of investment promotion and facilitation activities within Perak.
The signing was held in MARii Headquarters, Cyberjaya and was attended by Shahrul Zaman bin Yahya, Perak State Executive Chairman for Industry, Investment and Corridor Development, Phang Ah Tong, Chairman of MARii, Madani Sahari, CEO of MARii, and Haji Sayed Shariffuddin bin Sayed Shamshuddin, CEO of Invest Perak.
The MoU focuses on the digitalisation of InvestPerak’s investment promotion activities through a step-by-step approach, beginning with the deployment of technologies in paperless processes to enhance productivity and efficiency while pursuing environmentally sustainable work cultures and optimising resources.
“MARii is fully committed to spur the adoption of digital technologies across public sectors. This MoU with InvestPerak serves to exemplify our efforts to ensure a smooth transition in the process of digitalisation using local talents, platforms, and services.”, said Phang.
The digitalisation initiative will be executed through readily available platforms developed by MARii, towards a progressive digital transformation within Perak – allowing public sectors to enhance daily administration processes, helping the state promote investment through a faster and easier approval experience.
“The adoption of digital technologies into public sectors offer effective strategies through data-driven applications for the government to continuously meet and cope with increasing demands.”, said Madani.
He also said that the implementation of digital technologies will open up new job opportunities in high-skilled sectors and can act as a catalyst to spur the participation of local talents in the field of advanced technologies, greatly increasing the capabilities of our workforce.
Industry 4.0 technologies tool such as Big Data Analytics (BDA), cloud hosting platforms, high-performance computers, and Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures will be utilised by InvestPerak in the migration process – simultaneously strengthening infrastructures to support economic expansion both physically and digitally.
“From this collaboration with MARii as a starting point, we will focus on the process with regards to the investment approval at the state level. In the future, it will further evolve through other government processes such as land approval, project implementation approval, and other matters related to investment approvals in the state. More importantly, it will help spur adoption of digital technologies to other state agencies as we become the role model for other agencies to emulate.”, said Haji Sayed Shariffuddin.
He also said that this partnership will allow investors to operate more productively, hence expediting the recovery of the state’s economy position especially during this challenging period.
The MoU also aims to accelerate human capital development by focusing on the upskilling and reskilling of existing workforces in order to ease them into the digital era – providing them with digital know-how and skills required to operate and maintain digital tools and technologies.