KUALA LUMPUR: The Economic Action Council (EAC) aims to boost investment and strengthen productivity and innovation to spur economic growth.

EAC’s secretariat, in a statement after holding its first meeting for 2020 on Monday, said the council would also address unemployment through improving the quality of graduates with upskilling and reskilling training programmes, as well as tackle the cost of living issue.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In line with efforts to develop the digital economy in preparation for Industrial Revolution 4.0, the EAC has also fine-tuned proposals related to digital infrastructure development from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Another issue discussed by the council was the infrastructure sharing proposal to optimise existing expenditure and enable broadband connectivity service in a shorter time.

“To ensure that the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) could be implemented according to target, all parties including service providers, state governments, ministries and related agencies are urged to give their full cooperation,” it said.

Meanwhile, the council expects 2020 to be more challenging amidst uncertainty in the world’s economy due to the ongoing US-China trade war and the prolonged regional geopolitical situation.

It said tensions in the Middle East also appeared to affect global crude oil prices which will have an impact on the energy sector’s output.

“This situation weakens investors’ confidence in investing in developing countries, hence affecting Malaysia’s economy,” said the EAC. – Jan 7, 2020 Bernama

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