SPTC, RSTP CEOs join IT gurus in Taiwan conference
Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) Managing Director Petros Dlamini and Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP) Chief Executive Officer Vumile Dlamini this week joined global IT elite in a prestigious world conference in Taiwan.
Their participation in the Information Technology (IT) event in this country follows an invitation from the Republic of China on Taiwan embassy in Swaziland.
Dubbed the Olympics of the International Technology Industry, the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2017 was held at the spacious Taipei International Convention Centre this week.
This year's theme was ‘Living the Digital Dream,’ addressing challenges and potential opportunities faced by digital economies and smart cities with particular reference to high-level policies, transformation strategies, technology application and business models.
Over 900 foreign visitors from 80 countries attended the event that was officially opened by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
The two CEOs rubbed shoulders with a host of IT elite including representatives from Microsoft, World Trade Organisation (WTO), science and technology experts, telecommunications big players and many more.
Of the more than 100 speakers featured at the congress, 32 were from Taiwan, including Deputy Economics Minister Yang Wei-fuu and ministers-without-portfolio Wu Tsungtsong, Audrey Tang and John Deng.
The WCIT was launched in 1978 by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance and has since become a premier international IT forum and Taiwan last hosted it in 2000.
Making her remarks when officially opening the event, President Tsai Ing-wen noted that Taiwan has moved beyond hardware production to software innovation and welcomed companies and experts engaged in IoT (Internet of Things), Industry 4.0 or AI (artificial intelligence) around the world to cooperate with local supply chains to develop innovative digital products and application services.
“The Taiwan government is willing to provide sufficient resources to make the young generation's "digital dreams" come true.
To attain the goal of becoming a digital country, smart island, the Taiwan government has eased regulations and implemented plans, such as Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan, to boost development of innovation industries.
The government has come up with DIGI plus, a 2017-2025 programme for developing digital country and innovation economy to reinforce digital infrastructure,” she said.
Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin said Taiwan showed strong hardware manufacturing capability when it hosted WCIT for the first time in 2000. He said at WCIT 2017, Taiwan showed capability not only in hardware production but also in software, innovation and system integration.
“Taiwan does not have rich resources, but has many excellent ICT experts who are willing to work with other countries, learn from them and eventually offer improved ICT products and services in the global market. Taiwan will demonstrate its ambition of extending from hardware production to developing smart medical and transportation solutions at WCIT 2017,” he added.
Taipei City's promotion of ICT innovations focuses on transportation, medical care, public housing, smart tickets for public transportation services and education, mayor Ko Wenje said.
He said in order to become a smart city, the city’s government aims to adopt smart power and water meters, PV power grids and smart security systems.
POSE: Leaders at the event.