Enabling Technologies – The Opportunity for Malaysia

Malaysia’s electronics and electrical industry sector is recognized as the bedrock of the country’s economic progress. The industry constantly evolves to adapt to new challenges, developments and technologies.

On January 19, the U.S.-based Semiconductor Industry Association was in Malaysia to meet government ministers and industry and trade leaders to brief them on latest developments on the semiconductor front.

AMCHAM organized a special briefing Enabling Technologies and the Opportunity for Malaysia for its members to better understand the challenges impacting the E&E sector and related industries. They heard how emerging technologies, being central to managing tomorrow’s industrial challenges, could offer opportunities to Malaysian companies. They heard how talent would be crucial to enhance productivity and innovation while attracting foreign investments.

MIDA’s Deputy CEO for Investment Promotion & Facilitation, S. Siva Sundara Raja delivered the keynote address and illustrated where Malaysia stood in emerging technologies, setting the stage for the panel discussion.

The discussion featured SIA’s VP, Global Policy Jimmy Goodrich, IBM Malaysia, Director – Government and Regulatory Affairs Hasnul Nadzrin Shah, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers Executive Director Taxation Services Aurobindo Ponniah who shared insights into current industry landscape, the importance of talent, and policies required to create and support emerging new technologies like AI, autonomous vehicles and high speed computing.