NITC accepts RosettaNet proposal to launch eLogistic
Sarawak Tribune - Friday, 20 September, 2002

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PENANG - The National Information Technology Council (NITC) has accepted the proposal from RosettaNet Malaysia Bhd to launch "eLogistic" programme to promote inter-links between Malaysian companies and the Customs Department, airport and freight forwarders.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said that the eLogistic programme, which linked the parties involved in handling delivery of goods and parts, is aimed at transforming the process from manual to electronic.

"The pilot project started on Aug 15 and is an on going process where all the parties need to review and revive their procedures, but the result of the implementation was encouraging," he said. Speaking to reporters after officiating the RosettaNet Malaysia Seminar here yesterday, he said that for example through the online programme, RosettaNet members could get the results of customs declaration forms within five minutes compared to the normal procedure of between two-and-half hours to two days. RosettaNet is an independent and non-profit consortium dedicated to the collaborative development and rapid deployment of open Internet-based business standards that align process within the global high technology trading network.

RosettaNet Malaysia, launched on Jan 24, is the fifth Asia RosettaNet consortium after Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea. It has been accepted as the e-Business standard starting with high-technology sector in Malaysia in the fourth quarter of last year. RosettaNet has 45 mem­bers from the small-and-medium industries (SMIs) and five multina­tional corporations (MNCs).

Koh said that such an implementation was timely as the supply chain management was facing great challenges.

He said that on Feb 16, RosettaNet had sent its pioneer team of five information technolo­gy (IT) engineers to the US for a six-month training stint so that they could assist the organisation's software development.

"This team has now returned to Malaysia and is fully operational from RosettaNet's office at then Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) here. This is the first engi­neering team formed outside US," he added.

Meanwhile, RosettaNet Malaysia acting director and RosettaNet Asia vice-president S.Y. Fong, said that more industries would participate next year as the business community is heeding the call to "eLink" their business.

"In this era of rapid globalisation, connectivity is a crucial requirement for survival. RosettaNet will ensure Malaysian based manufacturers stay globally competitive, especially in this age of globalisation," she added. - Bernama