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Malaysia-China Advancing Digital Competencies

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Malaysia and China are poised to strengthen their collaboration in the realm of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), a move heralded by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi following his recent meeting with Liu Jianchao, Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

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The discussions underscored China’s commitment to enhancing bilateral ties by offering more comprehensive training series, sharing valuable experiences, and extending educational opportunities in technology and vocational fields, with a particular focus on benefiting Malaysian students and workers. This strategic partnership reflects a shared vision to bolster human capital development and advance technological competencies in both nations.

Ahmad Zahid stressed the significance of the collaborative efforts, highlighting China’s proactive stance in supporting Malaysia’s endeavours to elevate its TVET sector. The exchange of expertise and resources between the two countries is poised to enrich Malaysia’s educational landscape, equipping its workforce with the requisite skills and knowledge to thrive in an increasingly digital and technologically driven global economy.

By leveraging China’s advancements in technical education and vocational training, Malaysia aims to enhance the employability and competitiveness of its workforce, thus fostering sustainable economic growth and development.

Furthermore, the meeting between Ahmad Zahid and Liu Jianchao also delved into the forthcoming commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations, slated for May 31. Both parties expressed optimism regarding the milestone event, viewing it as an opportune moment to reaffirm the enduring friendship and cooperation between the two nations. The celebratory occasion is expected to serve as a platform for fostering greater mutual understanding, cultural exchange, and economic collaboration, further solidifying the robust bilateral relations.

The Deputy Prime Minister underscored the positive trajectory of Malaysia-China relations, citing the recent visits of several high-profile Chinese leaders to Malaysia as indicative of the growing synergy and mutual respect between the two nations. These interactions have laid the groundwork for enhanced cooperation across various sectors, ranging from trade and investment to education and technology.

Ahmad Zahid reiterated the importance of nurturing these ties at both party and governmental levels, emphasising the need for sustained dialogue and collaboration to harness the full potential of the Malaysia-China partnership.

The meeting also witnessed the participation of other key Malaysian officials, including Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Mohamad Alamin, and Majilis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) chairman Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki. Their presence underscored the government’s commitment to fostering inclusive and multifaceted engagement with China, encompassing various spheres of mutual interest and benefit.

Amidst the discussions, the importance of bilateral cooperation in addressing shared challenges and pursuing common goals was reaffirmed. Both Malaysia and China recognise the significance of collaborative endeavours in advancing their respective national interests while contributing to regional stability and prosperity.

The meeting served as a testament to the enduring friendship and strategic partnership between Malaysia and China, laying the groundwork for deeper cooperation and mutual prosperity in the years to come.

Overall, the collaborative efforts between Malaysia and China in the realm of TVET represent a significant step forward in advancing human capital development and fostering technological innovation. As both nations embark on this journey of cooperation and mutual learning, they are poised to reap the benefits of a skilled and adaptable workforce equipped to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

Malaysia is actively seeking bilateral partnerships with other nations to mutually enhance the digital economy and accelerate digital transformation efforts for shared prosperity and innovation.

OpenGov Asia highlighted the collaboration between PPIT and ASPIMTEL as a significant step in addressing digital infrastructure challenges in Malaysia and Indonesia, with a focus on enhancing 4G infrastructure and introducing 5G networks, particularly in Indonesia, where previous 5G rollout projections were cautious.


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