KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) --
The Government is currently working on developing a national framework on Industry 4.0, focusing on manufacturing and manufacturing-related services. The initiative began early this year spearheaded by MITI in close collaboration with other Ministries including MOSTI, MOHE, MOHR and EPU. In drawing up a comprehensive policy, inputs from industry, private sector and academia is of utmost importance.
To drive the Industry 4.0 agenda in Malaysia, various initiatives have been undertaken, led by MITI and relevant Ministries and agencies in close collaboration with the private sector. MITI and other Ministries/agencies have conducted many Industry 4.0 awareness programmes throughout the country. Two notable programmes conducted by MITI and MIDA and participated by our main stakeholders were the National Seminar on Industry 4.0 on 2 May 2017 and Seminar for Government Officials and SMEs on 15 June 2017. Participation and support for the Seminars were very encouraging and valuable inputs were received.
Various discussions have also been held at Cabinet level. The Cabinet during its meeting on 3 and 17 May 2017 decided that a High Level Task Force (HLTF) comprising members from relevant Ministries and agencies be established to lead the preparation and formulation of a comprehensive national policy framework on Industry 4.0. A holistic policy and plan of action need to be developed with the participation of all Ministries and agencies to maximize the use of limited resources.
The HLTF was established in May 2017 chaired by KSU MITI with high level representation from various Ministries and agencies. MPN has also been opted in as a member of the HLTF. The HLTF meets monthly and so far has met 3 times with the last meeting on 17 August 2017.
Under the HLTF, 5 Technical Working Groups have been established based on the five main challenges identified namely infrastructure, incentives, talent, technology and SMEs. The TWGs are led by the respective Ministries namely:
-TWG on Digital Infrastructure and Ecosystem led by KKMM;
-TWG on Funding and Incentives led by MOF;
-TWG on Talent and Human Capital led by MOHR & MOHE;
-TWG on Technology and Standards led by MOSTI; and
-TWG on SMEs led by SME Corp.
These TWGs will seek to address the gaps and propose action plans / recommendations for issues and challenges identified under each group in moving the Industry 4.0 agenda forward in Malaysia.
The Government places great emphasis on public-private partnership and the same can be said for Industry 4.0 implementation. Industry 4.0 is a reality happening now globally. Many companies are already embarking on 4.0 adoption as it benefits them in terms productivity enhancement, improve cost efficiency, allow greater flexibility and reduce the time taken to reach the target market.
The Government understands that for Industry 4.0 policy/framework to work, we need a strong collaboration with key stakeholders. On 11 August 2017, MITI organized an engagement session with several industry players and associations to gather feedback/views on Industry 4.0 which was attended by representatives from FMM, AMCHAM, MGCC, MPMA, Infineon, Samsung, Petronas and also Siemens. MITI is also actively seeking feedback from the industry and the general public via our online public consultation platform i.e., Your Views Matter. The responses which will be analysed and considered in the policy formulation, where applicable.
Welcome more views from the private sector especially specific recommendations to be incorporated in the National Industry 4.0 Policy / Framework.
The Government targets to announce Malaysia's Industry 4.0 Policy by the end of 2017.
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