PIKOM newly appointed chairman Ganesh Kumar Bangah. [PIX provided]

 KUALA LUMPUR: The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) had today announced three main objectives to push the country’s information and communication technology (ICT) further.

 The three main objectives are to drive value to members through targeted activities driven via PIKOM’s five chapters, to further strengthen PIKOM’s position as the voice of the ICT industry by becoming the nation's private-sector ‘compass’ for digital initiatives and thirdly, to achieve self-sustainability with a sharp focus on high impact activities.

PIKOM's five chapters in question are PIKOM CIO Chapter, Outsourcing Malaysia, E-Commerce Malaysia Chapter, PIKOM Cybersecurity Chapter and Venture Capital Chapter.

PIKOM, under the helm of its newly appointed chairman Ganesh Kumar Bangah, had also introduced the latest addition, the PIKOM Venture Capital Chapter.

 "The setting up of PIKOM Venture Capital Chapter is timely for 2018, as we need to put in concerted efforts to draw in more foreign investment know-how into Malaysia’s ICT industry to accelerate our young ICT companies towards achieving high growth,” he said in a statement. 

Towards this objective, PIKOM is collaborating with its strategic partner Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to kick off Sea Dragon, an annual sustainable Venture Pitch Platform for Southeast Asian start-ups and scale-ups for investments, growth and global market expansion.

 Southeast Asian start-ups and scale-ups will be matched with potential regional and global investors with as much as US$25 million funding to be raised, in its pitching event scheduled in May.

“We are looking to attract investors to this platform from North Asia market including China,” said Ganesh.

 Sea Dragon is one of the high impact activities PIKOM has planned via its five PIKOM Chapters – each of which have been identified to cover priority areas in developing the nation’s ICT sector, he added.

 The organisation will also hold the PIKOM e-Commerce Fair, which is essentially the association’s in-house networking platform to link up local SMEs with over 100 of PIKOM’s technology enabler members, so that the SMEs can successfully onboard to e-Commerce quicker.

 Malaysia sets to host the 24th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Malaysia in the year 2020 and PIKOM is already ramping up the preparation for this world class event.

“Year 2018 is also the time that we will be ramping up the efforts for WCIT 2020. Over the next months, we will be announcing the collaborative partners for WCIT, as well as the appointment of the new chief executive officer,” said Ganesh.

 WCIT 2020 will be jointly hosted by PIKOM together with MDEC.



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