KUALA LUMPUR: The Sarawak government has partnered with Microsoft Malaysia Sdn Bhd to digitise the public sector, future-proof industry, and build resilience with digital skills.

The state government has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to collaborate toward a trusted cloud network and empower the public sector with digital skills for civil servants through Microsoft's Enterprise Skills Initiative(ESI).

This collaboration came following the Cloud Framework Agreement (CFA) signed between Microsoft and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU).

Sarawak premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak aims to develop into a state with a thriving economy that is driven by data and innovation.

"For us to achieve our Sarawak 2030 vision and national objectives under the Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDigital), we need to take on a more holistic approach that goes beyond building the state's digital infrastructure.

"By partnering with Microsoft, we aspire to equip Sarawakians with digital skills for the future," said Abang Johari.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Malaysia managing director K Raman said the partnership with Sarawak builds on a commitment to empower the company's nation's inclusive digital economy and advance digital transformation across the private and public sectors.

"From digital infrastructure to skilling and capabilities building, we want to empower every Sarawakian with equal opportunity to benefit from the wave of digital transformation whilst ensuring sustainable growth for the state by leveraging technology," said Raman.

As part of this collaboration, the Sarawak state government will explore cloud-based solutions for the agricultural sector that leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The collaboration will also plan support for the manufacturing sector and small and medium enterprise (SME) players in the state.

Sarawak will also collaborate with Microsoft on cybersecurity strategies and roadmaps to improve its cybersecurity posture.

As Sarawak goes digital, securing cyberspace and deploying effective risk management solutions are crucial for the long-term success of their digital transformation.

To realise the plans under this collaboration, Microsoft Malaysia will partner with the Sarawak state government, including the Sarawak Service Modernisation Unit (SSMU), Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (CENTEXS), Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), and Sarawak Information Systems (SAINS).