ICT expenditure to exceed RM8 billion next year
Sarawak Tribune - Tuesday, 17 December 2002
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SEREMBAN - The country's expenditure on information and communication technology is expected to go up by 10 percent or a trade value that exceeds RM8 billion next year.

Chief executive of Telekom Malaysia, Datuk Dr Md Khir Abdul Rahman, said that the growth was a clear reflection of the growing importance of ICT in the area of creation, distribution and application of knowledge and information for economic growth and an enhanced quality of life.

"The widespread use of ICT has been proven with" the investment on ICT growing at an average rate of 9.2 percent annually," he said in his speech at the launch of the ICT seminar organised by Negeri Sembilan Information Technology Management Unit and Telekom Malaysia here yesterday.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad officiated the one-day seminar which was aimed at exposing and sharing information with the state government on using the ICT as a medium towards increased productivity and efficiency in the public administration.

He said Malaysia had first formed the country's ICT agenda back in 1996 by laying down the country's development structure based on a planned and efficient ICT sector with the aim of creating a knowledge and information based society by year 2020.

The agenda was further strengthened with the planning of a more integrated ICT programme under the Eighth Malaysia Plan and a budget of RM5.2 billion allocated for the ICT based programmes and projects nationwide.

Among the strategies the expansion of ICT infrastructure including penetrating the rural areas to narrow the digital divide between the city and rural people and focussing on the development of human resources to enable the people to fully benefit from the development of ICT.

In support of the government's measures, Telekom Malaysia has participated in programmes aimed at promoting the use of ICT together with government agencies such as the Multimedia Development Corporation, National IT Council, institutions of higher learning and state governments, Dr Md Khir said. - Bernama