Malaysia accelerates plans to become a global drone research centre

Malaysia is accelerating is strategy to become a centre for drone research and development.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, quoting Surina Shukri, CEO of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), “Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government has pitched the idea to corporations from the U.S. and Europe.”

The MDEC is a government agency charged with promoting innovation and the digital economy and has recently hosted a meeting with local businesses and AirMap  to discuss “the basic foundation of building a UAS traffic management (UTM) platform for our Malaysian drone ecosystem in line with our Government aspiration to establish a global testbed for AI, data analytics and augmented reality and to tap into the dronetech sector which is estimated to generate a value of USD127 Billion by 2025,” said a social media posting from Koh Chen Tien of  Artificial Intelligence Human Integration (AIHI) .

“The local scene for drone related industries has seen an extensive growth throughout the years, hence MDEC together with Futurise Sdn Bhd wants to encourage industry players to participate in research and development activities by building Malaysia’s first Deregulated Drone Testing Zone in Cyberjaya,” says the MDEC.

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