From left, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud ASEAN, Raymond Ma, COO of MDEC, Datuk Ng Wan Peng, Co Founder of WORQ, Stephanie Ping and CFO of WORQ, Andrein Yeow during the Announcement of WORQ as Malaysia Digital Hub and Partnership with Alibaba Cloud at Create Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest 2017, at WORQ Co Working Space, Glo Damansara. Pix by Eizairi Shamsudin

KUALA LUMPUR: Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced today the establishment of a new digital hub in Malaysia together with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC).

This is the first digital hub under the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) initiative, and marks an advance of the realisation of the eWTP vision of empowering small and medium enterprises (SMEs) around the world and providing them with fair access to global markets.

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 programmes and services including the Alibaba Cloud Certified Professional certification programme, one-on-one "go-to-cloud" consulting services and customised technology solutions designed by Alibaba Cloud architects.

These will allow small businesses to achieve scale rapidly and smoothly using Alibaba Cloud's scalable and cost-effective cloud capabilities.

Alibaba Cloud Asean and ANZ head Raymond Ma said the company is committed to building up a unified ecosystem in Malaysia and Asean region, making cloud computing more accessible to startups and SMEs.

"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," he said at the announcement ceremony here today.

The announcement was made alongside [email protected] Cloud Startup Contest Asean Division.

MDEC chief operating officer Datuk Wan Peng said the partnership was established as part of its commitment towards developing the tech-entrepreneur ecosystem.

In May, Alibaba Cloud announced that it would establish a data centre in Malaysia within this year that is set to become the first global public cloud platform available in the country.

Through this, Alibaba Cloud will empower local entrepreneurs from different industries and of all sizes to migrate their IT infrastructure onto powerful, reliable and secure platform.

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