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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) wrapped up its inaugural SME Digital Summit with resounding success.

Held between 11-13 August 2020, the event garnered a record-breaking one million digital participations who joined various curated digital panel discussions, conferences, workshops, and training clinics.

Most of these talks were organised in collaboration with over 60 event partners, comprising local businesses, multinational companies, digital solution providers, industry leaders, as well as public and private sector agencies.

“We are extremely pleased with the high turnout of participants for our first-ever SME Digital Summit. This is testament to our businesses’ readiness and drive to address these challenges that the current situation has wrought.

“We certainly hope that the valuable insights and networks they gained from the Summit will help catalyse the broader digitalisation of our economy, as we aim to encourage all Malaysians to embrace the concept of living in this new era of disruption and also generate greater shared prosperity for the entire nation,” said Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer, MDEC in a statement today.

For MDEC, the next step is to sustain the momentum generated by the SME Digital Summit. The DX platform that we have launched is critical to this effort.

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In fact, we continue to call on Malaysian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to accelerate and scale-up their digital transformation journey by registering with the Digital Xccelerator (DX) platform, added Surina.

The DX platform is a new free-of-charge initiative that was launched during the Summit. It is designed to help SMEs gain access to available programmes, incentives and technology solutions that best match their specific digitalisation needs.

SMEs are urged to register at www.dx.com.my and take the #digitalleap to ensure they can sustain their operations and expand further soon after.

Another highlight of the Summit was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MDEC and the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), which is aimed to further boost the digitalisation movement for Malaysian businesses via initiatives such as the Digital Victory Virtual Business Clinic (DVVBC).

Both the SME Digital Summit and DX platform are the latest efforts under MDEC’s ongoing 100 Go Digital initiative.

Launched last year, 100 Go Digital seeks to enable traditional Malaysia businesses in key sectors to move towards digitalisation.

Through the initiative, MDEC works with enterprises to solve pain-points across the ever-changing landscape of digitalisation.

The platform achieves this through the various programmes it offers to help businesses enhance their customer experience, gain new market segments and boost sales.

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