Alibaba Cloud announced it has established a new digital hub in Malaysia together with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) – the first digital hub under the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) initiative.
The new digital hub will play a key role in incubating startups of Malaysia as well as across ASEAN countries, and accelerating the digital transformation of the region.
As technology partner for the hub, Alibaba Cloud will roll out a series of programs and services including the Alibaba Cloud Certified Professional (“ACP”) certification program, one-on-one “go-to-cloud” consulting services and customized technology solutions designed by Alibaba Cloud architects. These will allow small businesses to achieve scale rapidly and smoothly using Alibaba Cloud’s powerful, scalable and cost- effective cloud capabilities.
Beyond these initiatives, Alibaba Cloud has also brought the ASEAN Division of its Create@Alibaba Cloud startup program to Malaysia. Fifteen startups from across the ASEAN region competed in the final in the new digital hub. Following an intensive pitch process, CXS Analytics from Malaysia and Oceo Water from Singapore were announced regional winners and awarded the equivalent of $50,000 and $10,000 separately, as well as earning two places to compete with champions from other 12 markets and regions in the global final to be held in Shanghai in October.
“Cloud computing has become the driver of a new economy based on data, leading to technological innovations that push the boundaries of traditional business farther than ever before.” said Raymond Ma, Head of ASEAN & ANZ, Alibaba Cloud. “The new digital hub, alongside our other initiatives, will provide startups and SMEs with a comprehensive support network and an innovative suite of cloud services, helping them to succeed in the digital age.”
This is the latest in a series of collaborative initiatives between Alibaba Cloud and MDEC which support the eWTP’s vision of empowering SMEs around the world and providing them with fair access to global markets.