MITI, Terengganu State Govt to collaborate on robotics industry development

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KUALA TERENGGANU (March 18): The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will collaborate with the Terengganu State government in developing the robotics industry with the participation of local workers.

Minister Datuk Darell Leiking said the State had a good infrastructure for the robotics industry and many skilled workers who could be trained for it.

“This collaboration will involve one of MITI’s agencies, which will be announced soon. This is part of the Ministry’s efforts to enhance Terengganu’s contribution towards the country’s economic growth.

“The robotics industry is closely linked to the implementation of the fourth industrial revolution (IR4.0); thus we need to train and empower the local talents in this industry,” he told reporters after a meeting with Menteri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar here today in conjunction with his first working visit to the State.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Samsuri said Terengganu was ready to develop the robotics industry as the State had several technical-oriented higher learning institutions such as the TATI University College in Kemaman and the Terengganu Skills Development Centre in Marang which offered high-skill courses in multiple fields.

He said during a recent meeting with the East Coast Economic Region Development Council, one of the things which was discussed was the council’s initiative involving a technology-based institution from Germany.

“I suggested for the initiative to include TATI University College and other institutions of higher learning.

“They have agreed to the proposal and we hope that it can be realised soon where the local human capital and expertise can be thoroughly utilised for the domestic industrial sector,” he said.