KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 – President Barack Obama’s visit to Malaysia bodes well for the technology sector and the business environment as a whole, says Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah. “Malaysia is a trading nation. The US President’s visit will also boost the confidence of the investing community (in Malaysia),” he added. Mohd Irwan was speaking to reporters at Microsoft Malaysia’s Code for Malaysia programme here today. Among present at the event was Microsoft Malaysia Managing Director Carlos Lacerda. Obama will launch the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) in Cyberjaya this weekend.

Mohd Irwan said he is expected to mingle with MaGIC participants following the launch. MaGIC’s establishment was announced by Najib at last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Kuala Lumpur. The centre is aimed at transforming Malaysia into a dynamic entrepreneurial nation by enabling domestic and international entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. Meanwhile, Lacerda said the Code for Malaysia programme is aimed at creating a new generation of entrepreneurs in Malaysia. “There will be a massive need for code development. By having this initiative, we want to ensure everyone is able to develop codes (by themselves),” he said. Code for Malaysia was inspired by Code.org’s successful “Hour of Code” in the US.

Code.org is a non-profit organisation dedicated to expand participation in Computer Science education. Microsoft is a founding partner of Code.org. Code for Malaysia which runs from April 19-27 saw three local celebrities, including national youth icon Micheal Teoh, collaborating with Microsoft and three institutions of learning. The collaborations introduce the coding campaign to students of all ages and ranging from primary to university students. “Just this week, we would have trained 1,500 children on coding,” said Lacerda.

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