Past Events

Malaysia Economic Monitor: Navigating Change Seminar

Penang Institute and the World Bank Group cordially invite you to the seminar on the latest Malaysia Economic Monitor (MEM) report. The focus of this report is on the digital economy. The details are as follow:

Date: September 27, Thursday
Time: 8.00pm–10.00pm (Registration begins at 7.30pm)
Venue: Conference Hall, Penang Institute, 10 Brown Road, 10350 George Town, Penang


A prerequisite to unlocking the potential of the digital economy is internet connectivity. While Malaysia does well in terms of digital connectivity by people and government, the same cannot be said for businesses. Only 62 percent of business establishments are connected to the internet, and only 28 percent have some form of web presence. This forum explores how businesses that have opted to be connected leverage on such technologies and what that journey was like. More importantly, it will also explore the challenges faced by businesses when going digital, and what can be done to overcome such challenges.


7.30pm: Registration

8.00pm: Welcoming remarks by Dato’ Dr. Ooi Kee Beng, Executive Director of Penang Institute

8.05pm: Opening remarks by Dr. Firas Raad, Country Manager, World Bank Malaysia

8.10pm: Presentation of MEM by Dr Richard Record, Lead Economist, World Bank Malaysia

8.50pm: Panel Discussion
1. Mr. Jeffrey Hwang, Group CEO, Qdos Flexcircuit
2. Mr. P. Ayappan Pappu Pillay, Chief Technology Officer, PDC Telecommunication Services
3. Mr. Yeoh Seng Hooi, National Secretary, SAMENTA
4. Dr Richard Record, Lead Economist, World Bank Malaysia
Moderator: Mr Timothy Choy, Analyst, Socioeconomics & Statistics Programme, Penang Institute

9.30pm: Q&A session

9.50pm: End of program

Kindly register your interest here. Please feel free to circulate this invitation to your family and friends. For further enquiries, please contact the secretariat at