MIMOS, an agency under the Ministry of International Trade & Industry Malaysia (MITI); and Microsoft have jointly established an Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre in Malaysia named ‘Centre of AI for Future Industry (CAIFI)’. The strategic collaboration signifies the commitment by both parties to accelerate the nation’s shift to Cloud, placing Malaysia on the roadmap to be a digital-first nation as strategised under the National Policy on Industry 4.0. “Amongst the key learnings from countries that have already embarked on their Industry 4.0 transformation are the need to pay attention and adopt modern technologies into the nation’s digital plan and ecosystem”, said YB Datuk Darell Leiking, The Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry. “The Centre will deliver capacity development for rapid response government policy making, and tools required to increase intelligence and leverage on modern technologies such as AI in Malaysia. It is hoped to create a culture of innovation and continuous learning to enhance the adoption of Cloud”, he added. The Centre will be equipped with Microsoft’s IOT and AI programme, providing access to developmental tools for learning purposes. All workshops, trainings and labs on AI and Internet of Things (IOT) will be conducted to help train entrepreneurs including SMEs and graduates from the finance and manufacturing industry to leverage on the power of these emerging technologies. The collaboration between Microsoft and MIMOS is also in line with the recently launched ASEAN Digital Skills Vision 2020, an initiative that pledges to equip 20 million ASEAN workers with digital skills and opportunities in the next two years.