Malaysia and South Korea share knowledge on digital content industry

Malaysia and South Korea share knowledge on digital content industry

From Siti Aisyah Harun

SEOUL, June 22 (NNN-Bernama) — Cyber community awareness collaboration and cooperation in the digital content industry and digital sector were among ideas brought by Malaysian delegates to the 2023 Knowledge Sharing Seminar and Capacity Building Workshop here recently.

Themed “Digital Content Industry”, the programme held from June 12 until 16, was organised by Global Knowledge Exchange and Development Centre (GKEDC) under the Korea Development Institute (KDI) in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of South Korea-Malaysia Look East Policy (LEP) ties.

Nine delegates from agencies under Malaysia’s Ministry of Communications and Digital (KKD) and Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) participated in the programme such as the Information Department (JaPen), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

According to JaPen Cyber Media Divison director Rubaayah Osman’s presentation to GKEDC, the main challenge in promoting government policies and programmes to society is the presence of fake news which can cause confusion among the public.

“Therefore, my campaign proposal is on cyber community awareness to address this problem, which I believe can enhance bilateral cooperation between South Korea and Malaysia in digital content industry.

“Malaysia and South Korea should also consider to share digital tools as different countries may have unique approaches to tackle cybersecurity issues,” she said.

KKD Senior Principal Assistant Secretary of Content Development Division, Zaharuddin Izham Zulkipli in his presentation to GKEDC on cooperation in digital content industry said collaborative efforts with more countries to create creative works can broaden Malaysia’s international audiences.

He added that by this effort, Malaysia can gain benefits from South Korea’s expertise in various aspects of the digital content industry such as animation, visual effects and game development.

“Organising skills exchange programmes, workshops and training sessions can facilitate the transfer of knowledge and enhance the skills of Malaysian content creators.

“The gaming and e-sports industries offer significant opportunities. Joint ventures, investments and sharing expertise in gaming development can lead to mutual benefits for both countries,” he said.

GKEDC’s vision is to perform its role as a global knowledge exchange hub, sharing Korea’s socio-economic development experiences with the global community and taking a step toward global prosperity.

During the five-day programme, the Malaysian delegates visited Naver Z Studio, a metaverse platform provider for Zepeto app; Gyeonggi Contents Agency, a public institution promoting the cultural industry in Gyeonggi-do province; Metaverse Expo, the biggest conference for growing the metaverse industry; Studio Mir, an animation studio; Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), one of South Korea’s main television and radio broadcasters; and CJ ENM Studio Centre, the biggest media production facility in South Korea.

The Malaysia-South Korea LEP was introduced in 1982 and implemented in 1983, driven by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

According to MITI Bilateral Economic and Trade Relations director Lim Mei Ying, many activities in economic development, imports and exports were carried out since 1982 until last year, as a result of good relations between Malaysia and South Korea.

She said South Korea’s total investments in manufacturing projects in Malaysia since 1982 until last year involved RM33 billion (US$1=RM4.65) with 379 projects that produced 46,373 jobs.

Lim said South Korea was Malaysia’s 8th largest trading partner and export destination and 7th largest import source last year.


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