On 12 March, the BMCC hosted the much anticipated Digital Innovation Conference 2019 with the aim of advancing thought and preparations amongst industry leaders towards embracing digital transformation. This conference, sponsored by HSBC Malaysia, and supported by the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur, InvestKL and MDEC consisted of a series of engaging talks and discussions by Malaysian Ministers and distinguished speakers from leading private sectors. Themed “Working with Tomorrow’s Technology Today,” the conference was attended by 200 participants.
In his keynote address, YB Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia spoke of his Ministry’s efforts towards increasing connectivity and the nation’s digital adoption by businesses to be on par with international standards. YB Gobind said the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan under the MCMC had also set a target of Gigabit-speed Internet services for selected high-impact and strategic industrial areas by 2020 and all state capitals by 2023. “This is to ensure that areas where there are high-use cases for 5G would be ready for network deployment when the standards have been finalised,” he said.
In line with the Chamber’s focus this year on elevating SMEs and championing Technology & Innovation, YB Gobind also officiated the launch of the 2nd BMCC Business Excellence Awards. New to the Awards this year is the introduction of 2 new achievement categories in SME of the Year and Social Enterprise of the Year. Nominations are now open, leading up to the Gala Awards night in June.
The programme included talks and panel discussions by Dato’ Ng Wan Peng (MDEC), Rajeev Tummala (HSBC), Aireen Omar (AirAsia), Jasmine Ng (NEM Malaysia), Philip Chu (GCOE Iskandar Malaysia), Khoo Hsu Chuang (BFM), Dr Sharlene Thiagarajah (TM Research & Development), Carliff Rizal Carleel (Chatbot Malaysia), Freddy Lee (IBM Malaysia) and Philip Williamson (Capital DK) covering a range of topics from Blockchain, AI & Robotics to Disruptive Technologies. Ms. Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific
In the concluding speech, YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry Malaysia elaborated on the 3 first steps MITI is taking embracing Industry 4.0, which include Readiness Assessment, Business Intervention and Service Provisions.