Fo­cus on lever­ag­ing tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tion

New Straits Times - - Business -

SHAH ALAM: Seven worl­drenowned re­search in­sti­tu­tions, all mem­bers of the Global Re­search Al­liance (GRA), yes­ter­day shared their knowl­edge with Malaysian en­trepreneurs and in­dus­try play­ers on how to lever­age tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion for the bet­ter­ment of their busi­nesses.

Some 200 participants of the Ex­plor­ing Tech­nol­ogy & In­no­va­tion with Global Re­search Al­liance pro­gramme were also ex­posed to op­por­tu­ni­ties in GRA mem­ber coun­tries as well as given ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tive mod­els to in­crease the ef­fec­tive­ness of small and medium-sized en­ter­prise (SME) de­vel­op­ment in Malaysia, In­dus­try 4.0 and its im­pli­ca­tions on the global busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

The half-day session, or­gan­ised by Sirim Bhd in con­junc­tion with GRA’s 16th an­nual gen­eral meet­ing (AGM), was of­fi­ci­ated by Deputy Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mo­hamad Diah.

Abu Bakar said cur­rent mar­ket con­di­tions were forc­ing com­pa­nies, es­pe­cially SMEs, to bet­ter adapt to changes in or­der to sur­vive, grow and be com­pet­i­tive, adding that SMEs now were ex­pected to be proac­tive by ex­pand­ing their net­works and col­lab­o­ra­tions.

“Net­work­ing with suit­able part­ners from in­dus­tries, re­search in­sti­tutes and uni­ver­si­ties will in­crease the tech­no­log­i­cal po­ten­tial of SMEs,” he said.

Present at the session were Sirim pres­i­dent and group chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Ah­mad Fadzil Mo­hamad Hani and GRA pres­i­dent Dr Ramesh Mashelkar.

GRA is an in­ter­na­tional net­work of seven ap­plied re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions that work to pro­mote the ap­pli­ca­tion of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy to solve is­sues fac­ing de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. It has more than 60,000 re­searchers as its mem­bers.

In his wel­com­ing speech at the fo­rum, Fadzil said GRA, to­gether with Sirim, were com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing lo­cal in­dus­tries and SMEs im­prove their pro­duc­tiv­ity and knowl­edge by em­brac­ing new tech­nolo­gies, in or­der for their busi­nesses to stay ahead of their com­peti­tors in the long run.

“With the com­mit­ment from GRA, Sirim could fur­ther strengthen in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions to spur public and even pri­vate funding avail­able for mov­ing global tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions that will ben­e­fit the Malaysian econ­omy,” he said.

The an­nual meet­ing of the al­liance is hosted by the found­ing mem­bers on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis.

Sirim first hosted the 7th an­nual meet­ing of the GRA in May 2008.

The 16th AGM is be­ing held in Kuala Lumpur from yes­ter­day un­til to­mor­row, and brings to­gether tech­nol­ogy ex­perts who will share their in­sights and ex­pe­ri­ences in de­vel­op­ing SMEs via the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion.

PIC BY MUHAM­MAD SULAIMAN

Deputy Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mo­hamad Diah (fourth from right) after of­fi­ci­at­ing the ‘Ex­plor­ing Tech­nol­ogy & In­no­va­tion with Global Re­search Al­liance (GRA) pro­gramme’, or­gan­ised by Sirim in Shah Alam yes­ter­day. With them are Sirim pres­i­dent and group chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Ah­mad Fadzil Mo­hamad Hani (sixth from right) and GRA pres­i­dent Ramesh Mashelkar (fifth from right).

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