Going Digital as the Way Forward

Johor Digital Economy Centre launched to help businesses go digital and minimise the spread of COVID-19 too

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(From left to right) Datuk Mohd Izhar, Menteri Besar Johor Datuk Ir. Haji Hasni, and Datuk Tee officiating the ceremony with a robot
(From left to right) Datuk Mohd Izhar, Menteri Besar Johor Datuk Ir. Haji Hasni, and Datuk Tee officiating the ceremony with a robot

The new norm of our lifestyle since the COVID-19 pandemic has aggressively highlighted the urgent need for businesses to be digitalised. Contact-less options are preferred modes of interaction and transactions now, which businesses must embrace in order to stay ahead.

In view of this current climate, the Johor Digital Economy Centre (JDEC) was launched at Country Garden Danga Bay. It is an intiative by Sultanah Fatimah Foundation, supported by the Johor government for business owners to enhance their trade in the digital sector.

Handing the Memorandum of Understanding remotely with Huawei Team in KL

The event was officiated by Menteri Besar Johor Datuk Ir. Haji Hasni Mohammad. Also present were State Investment, Entrepreneur Development, Cooperatives and Human Resource Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Izhar Ahmad, and Sultanah Fatimah Foundation chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.

Demonstration of computer vision that detects apples from bananas by MyXpressTrain, a local company that makes artificial intelligence (AI) more accessible to local businesses

JDEC will focus on four main pillars – Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and Block Chain.  In his opening speech, Datuk Tee said that initiatives in the fields of e-Learning, Broadcast & Live Streaming, e-Commerce and technological innovation will be implemented to equip the nation with skills towards Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Menteri Besar Johor Datuk Ir. Haji Hasni and Sultanah Fatimah Foundation chairman Datuk Tee at a press conference

Meanwhile, Hasni assured that doing business in Johor is easy, attracting investors by reducing bureaucracies especially to those who want to develop technology infrastructure in the state. He aspires for Johor Bahru to be the best in its efforts to develop overall digital strategies, offering incentives to technology companies to develop in Johor.

“I assure investors and those who want to develop the technology infrastructure, and telecommunications in the state to come to Johor. I will do my best to make sure that doing business in Johor is easy as ABC. We will try to narrow down all aspects of bureaucracy that are obstacles,” he said.