The fifth Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2005 took place in
This event is organized by the Association of Thai ICT Industry supported by the Software Industry Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology,
The Malaysian nominations fared pretty well this year with three Winners and four Merit winners. It’s worth noting that a Merit is awarded to a nomination which scored not less than 95% from the score of the winner. Also, the Chief Judge, Suwipa Wanasathop from
The Winners were TISS MSC Sdn Bhd (security), IFCA MSC Bhd (tourism and hospitality) and
A Country Overview session was held with the aim of presenting ICT opportunities in the participating countries as well as a platform for companies to exhibit their products and for technopreneurs to network. The Malaysian country presentation was done by Nancy Choy. A total of 12 companies have participated in the exhibition session. There was a very good response from other economies’ participants at the event which resulted in our companies establishing quality business contacts.
Dr. Abu Talib Bachik represented Malaysia/MDC in a panel discussion on ICT human resource development. The forum comprised of panelists from
A cozy dinner was organized to welcome and gather the Malaysian nominees. Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali, Chairman of MDC gave a welcoming speech and later we invited Chris Chan, CEO of The Media Shoppe to give a speech to share his experience as an entrepreneur, a past MSC-APICTA and APICTA winner as well as the Advisor of Technopreneur Association of Malaysia (TeAM).
The Media Shoppe Sdn Bdd (TMS) signed an agreement with the
A high level meeting with the Thai ICT authorities took place before the Award presentation dinner. This meeting was attended by Kanawat Wasinssongwan, Vice-ICT Minister,
The meeting focused on how agencies from both countries can jointly develop programmes for the benefit their respective ICT industry. The Thais have expressed their interest to learn from MDC’s experience and explore possibilities of joint-development. Several areas of collaboration have been identified such as smart card applications, creative multimedia content and animation, software development for small footprint devices. Tan Sri Halim has invited the Thai Vice-ICT Minister and the others to come and visit the MDC.
The APICTA event is not only a competition to prove a company’s product innovation but platform for companies to find business opportunities. Many of the nominees have expressed their satisfaction and gratitude towards MDC for this opportunity to meet with their peers from the 11 participating economies. Valuable contacts have been made which may lead to potential collaborations. And to the students, participating in APICTA was a valuable experience in terms of exposure to the business world and the ICT industry.
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