FIRST DIG­I­TAL TASK­FORCE

ASOCIO and PIKOM An­nounced For­ma­tion of Ded­i­cated Task­force to Ad­dress Chal­lenges and Con­cerns of the ASEAN Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity

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The Asian-Ocea­nian Com­put­ing Industry Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ASOCIO) has ap­pointed PIKOM as the re­gion’s first ded­i­cated ASOCIO ASEAN Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity Dig­i­tal Task­force (AADT). Com­pris­ing ICT lead­ers from var­i­ous ASEAN mem­ber coun­tries, the group is tasked to ad­dress ICT chal­lenges of the ASEAN Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity.

“PIKOM has voiced the need for a spe­cific team to look into AEC and we are glad to see this ma­te­ri­al­ize to­day. Un­der the ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2015, ICT will con­tinue to be a ma­jor driver in all as­pects of AEC for the next few decades. The task­force will so­licit in­put from mem­ber coun­tries and for­mu­late pa­pers for sub­mis­sion to ICANN, OECD, ASEAN and their re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments on pol­icy ini­tia­tives to spur growth,” said Cheah Kok Hoong, Chair­man of PIKOM.

Mean­while, PIKOM also signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with its Tai­wanese coun­ter­part – In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice Industry (CISA), which will fa­cil­i­tate knowl­edge shar­ing, trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy, busi­ness match­ing, as well as sev­eral bi­lat­eral in­ter-mar­ket ICT del­e­ga­tion vis­i­ta­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

“We are pleased to be build­ing a bridge with CISA for the pur­pose of mu­tual sup­port, learn­ing and co-op­er­a­tion to­wards pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment of ICT in both economies. Malaysia can tap on Tai­wan’s ex­per­tise in ar­eas such as In­ter­net of Things (IoT), tech­nol­ogy minia­tur­iza­tion and many other emerg­ing trends. Like­wise, Malaysia also has plenty to of­fer Tai­wan in ICT ser­vices,” added Cheah.

Both the an­nounce­ment and the sign­ing of the MoU took place at the ASOCIO PIKOM ICT Lead­er­ship Sum­mit held from Oc­to­ber 6 to 7, 2015.

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(From left to right) Cheah Kok Hoong, PIKOM Chair­man; Bun­rak Sarag­gananda, ASOCIO Chair­man; and Yvonne Chiu, CISA Chair­man.

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