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SME Corp Malaysia and Huawei Exchange a Memorandum of Collaboration on SME AI Program
February 3, 2020 News


SME Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp. Malaysia) and Huawei Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Huawei) exchanged a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) witnessed by Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof, Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives. The exchange took place during the launch of “SMEs Go Global” and “SME Co-Investment Partners” programmes at SME Corp. Malaysia headquarters. The exchange of the MoC was done by Encik Noor Azmi Mat Said, Chief Executive Officer of SME Corp. Malaysia, while Huawei was represented by Mr. Michael Yuan, CEO of Huawei Malaysia.


This collaboration sees SME Corp. Malaysia and Huawei Technologies have jointly developed the SME Adopt and Innovate (SME AI) programme, aiming to drive SMEs further into digitalisation by leveraging on Huawei’s digital expertise for a more sustainable growth. In turn, the initiative supports SME Corp. Malaysia’s agenda to facilitate faster rollout of ICT adoption in Malaysia.


Huawei’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Michael Yuan said, “To be truly digitalized, SMEs must re-think and re-design their businesses by ensuring that their strategies, processes, and infrastructure are aligned and fully integrated to support their digital transformation. Huawei has been actively supporting the vision of digitalization, and with SME Corp. Malaysia we intend to continue collaborating for the benefit of local entrepreneurs and SMEs. In our role, we will provide subject matter expertise, digital solutions and technical support for businesses to incorporate innovative digital solutions, using HUAWEI CLOUD — an open platform and AI Cloud technology”.


“We are confident that HUAWEI CLOUD and AI, coupled with 5G technology will enable SME growth in the digital sphere and towards realizing Digital Malaysia. In this collaboration, both parties will work closely to develop impactful programmes to facilitate SME adoption and innovation in digitalisation initiatives. Bridging programmes as well as a ‘Training-of-Trainers’ programme will be implemented to nurture and groom subject matter experts for advisory roles in digital adoption and innovation for SMEs,” said Encik Noor Azmi Mat Said, Chief Executive Officer of SME Corp. Malaysia.


The train of trainer will enable business advisors of SME Corp. Malaysia and agencies under the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives to use HUAWEI CLOUD solutions, especially cloud and AI, to encourage digitalization among SMEs. Other than providing a matching grant along with Huawei solutions for SMEs to use in their business under the adoption program, this collaboration will also engage with local digital innovation by using Huawei Cloud and AI to help SMEs create their innovative product. Furthermore, Huawei will help in promoting and bundle SME digital solutions from the program to telco.


Accompanying the Minister at the exchange session were YBhg. Datuk Wan Suraya Wan Md Radzi, Secretary General, Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives and YBhg. Dato Sri Syed Hussien Al Habshee, Chairman of SME Corp. Malaysia. Also present at the ceremony were Encik Mohd Rithaudden Makip, Chief Ecosystem Development Officer of SME Corp. Malaysia, and from Huawei, Lim Chee Siong, VP Cloud South Pacific Region; Roben Wang, VP Cloud APAC Region; Tan Kuan Thye, VP Digital Strategy & Consulting; Lidawei, Managing Director Enterprise Business Group and Rita Irina Abd Wahab, VP Public Relations and Communications.


Huawei Technologies and SME Corp. Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017, and both teams showed efforts in paving the way of the development journey of Malaysian SMEs. Since then some of their initiatives include building an incubation laboratory program that promotes innovation, workshops on digitalisation, Talent Program to enhance skills on digital competency amongst others.