SPTC, RSTP CEOs join IT gu­rus in Tai­wan con­fer­ence

Observer on Saturday - - News - Sto­ries by Bodwa Mbingo (In Tai­wan cour­tesy of Tai­wan Em­bassy)

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.

Boost

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.

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