Focus on leveraging technology, innovation
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.
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).