Malaysia stands to gain from hosting WCIT 2008
Sarawak Tribune - Friday, 6 December, 2002
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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia stands to benefit from the hosting of the World Congress on Information Technology in 2008 (WCIT 2008), which is also described as the "Olympics of the information technology" industry, says Harres Tan, president of the Asian Oceania Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO).

He said this year's WCIT, which was held in Adelaide, attracted huge investments from foreign investors into Australia, he said.

WCIT is a biennial meeting attracting leading Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals, top corporate executives, academicians, researchers, government ministers and policy makers from all over the world.

Tan, whose term as president of ASOCIO ends this year, is also a steering committee member of World Information Technology Services Alliances, an international body representing the IT industry.

Datuk Dr Mohamed Arif Nun, chief executive officer of the Multimedia Developement Corporation (MDC), said there was a good chance that Malaysia would host the event,

"We stand a very good position as India and Malaysia have been short­listed to host the internatinal event," he told Bernama on the sidelines of the ASOCIO General Assembly and Symposium in Chiangmai, Thailand recently.

Malaysia, through the Association of Computer Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM), indicated its interest to host WCIT 2008 at the ASOCIO General Assembly in India last year.

At this year's ASOCIO's event, Malaysia sent a strong team to Chiangmai to support its bid. Pikom will also lobby for the support of other ASOCIO member countries through another presentation at the ASOCIO officers meeting in Nepal in June next year. - Bernama