– Bersama Malaysia: Our commitment to empower the nation’s people with skills for an inclusive digital economy.
At Microsoft, we’re committed to empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Since establishing our footprint in Malaysia nearly 3 decades ago, we have actively partnered with the nation to not only support the growth of the nation’s technological infrastructure, but to also groom Malaysian talent and equip them with the skills needed to thrive in the digital future.
Not long after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, Microsoft made a global commitment to bring digital skills to 25 million people worldwide via the Global Skills Initiative (GSI) as a means of supporting inclusive economic recovery. A year later, over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories have successfully gained access to digital skills through the GSI campaign, of which over 110,000 of them are from Malaysia.
Early in 2021, we unveiled our Bersama Malaysia initiative, marking a significant commitment to empowering Malaysia’s inclusive digital economy and advancing the nation’s digital transformation across the private and public sectors. In addition to establishing our first datacenter region in the country, we also made a commitment to upskill 1 million Malaysians by the end of 2023 to ensure all Malaysians have an opportunity to benefit from the wave of transformation currently taking place.
While the task of upskilling 1 million Malaysians is no simple feat, we are confident that by collaborating with our partners from both the public and private sectors, we will be able to realize this commitment. Thus far, Microsoft is partnered with the Ministry of Human Resources through the Human Resource Development Corp and Social Security Organization, TalentCorp Malaysia, MAMPU, Grab Malaysia and several universities to upskill people of different education levels and backgrounds. We are also working closely with local NGOs such as Biji-Biji Enterprise, to ensure we reach all Malaysians, including people living with disabilities and underserved communities.
As more Malaysians are equipped with digital skills and are better prepared to participate in the workforce of the future, the nation’s journey towards economic recovery will undoubtedly be accelerated. While digital transformation is important, no transformation journey is complete without skilled people leading the way. A skilled workforce is crucial in helping pivot the nation towards success in the regional digital economy, enhancing the quality and standard of living for Malaysians as a whole.
Together, we stand with Malaysia, to advance together towards an inclusive digital future.