CYBERJAYA: The Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Microsoft Malaysia have launched the 1Vendor Development Programme (1VDP) to raise the global competitiveness of local information and communications technology (ICT) vendors.
This private-public partnership will see Microsoft Malaysia re-invest about RM2mil over the next six months to improve the quality of human capital through training and certifications.
The first phase of this programme, which is from July to December, will target 475 MOF-registered ICT vendors.
Vendors who sign up during this first phase will enjoy a 50% discount on all modules, and if they score well they will be entitled to a 100% discount on the fees, which will be funded by the programme and Microsoft's investment.
Participants will receive competency training on Microsoft products, in the areas of product knowledge, quality service assurance, and efficiency in project implementation.
Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd was appointed the exclusive training and certification provider for the programme.
"The 1VDP is timely because many talented vendors will be able to benefit from this programme," said Datuk Ramli Abbas, chairman of Prestariang Bhd - the parent company of Prestariang Systems.
The launch was officiated by Minister of Finance II Datuk Seri Haji Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah and MOF Secretary-General of Treasury Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah.