Photo: (From left) Gopi Ganesalingam MDEC VP Enterprise Development, Abdullah Kafi, ASOCIO former chairman, David Wong, ASOCIO Chairman, Razaleigh Zainal, MDEC VP Corporate Affairs and Bunrak Saraggananda, ASOCIO Immediate Past Chairman.
Malaysian companies have won accolades at the latest edition of the World Congress of IT (WCIT), a global gathering of ICT leaders from academia, and the private and public sectors, held recently in Taipei, Taiwan.
The national ICT industry association of Malaysia, PIKOM, led a delegation of 71 business leaders - the largest foreign delegation attending the 21st WCIT 2017 - organised by World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA). Formed in 1978, WITSA's members come from more than 80 countries and economies, and represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. (See - With an eye on WCIT 2020 in Malaysia, PIKOM delegation supports global ICT gathering in Taiwan)
When commenting to Computerworld Malaysia on the significance of this latest distinction, national ICT agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation's (MDEC's) vice president for enterprise development, Gopi Ganesalingam said, "WITSA is the international platform and voice of the global ICT industry, which places these WCIT awards at the pinnacle of ICT excellence award."
"The criteria for winning includes how the most outstanding ICT solutions have demonstrated exceptional achievements in using digital technologies to benefit society, improve the quality of life for people, as well as private enterprises and governments," Ganesalingam continued.
"Malaysia's achievement at these awards also demonstrates that our ideation, globalisation, entrepreneurship and thought leadership, both in our private and government sectors is clearly burgeoning, world class and relevant to today's digital economy, and our globalisation strategy."
In an earlier exclusive interview, Ganesalingam (pic below) presented a deep dive into how effectively the GAIN (Global Acceleration and innovation Network) programme has been helping so far been in helping Malaysian companies getting more visibility and credibility into Asean and beyond. (See - Why Malaysian companies must expand into ASEAN's US$48 billion pie: MDEC exclusive)
Malaysian leaders and companies clinched several awards at the 2017 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards (WITSA-GIEA) and the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) awards, explained ASOCIO's chairman, David Wong Nan Fay, who has also previously held the chair of PIKOM chairman.
Adding his congratulations, PIKOM chairman Chin Chee Seong said: "PIKOM is pleased with these achievements by local ICT companies. The win continues our track record of industry excellence at global levels. These companies have pitted themselves against the best of the best and have done well."