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M'sia Should Build Up Home Grown Technopreneurs, Says Abdullah

By BERNAMA
MSC Online , 6 Sep 2004

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- In order to succeed in the new knowledge-based economy, it is crucial for Malaysia to build up its own home-grown technopreneurial talents, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says.

The combination of high technology and entrepreneurial skills had become the new driving force in many of the world's most developed economies," he said in launching the `Malaysian Global Technopreneurs Network,' here Saturday.

Abdullah said that the fact that some of the most powerful, successful and high-value global companies including Microsoft, General Electrics and IBM are technology-based companies, implied that economies were increasingly being driven by the culture of technopreneurship.

"As such, my government is committed to nurturing globally competitive technopreneurs," he said.

The Malaysian Global Technopreneurs Network functions as a platform for discussion and business networking among its members, including getting information of intended markets as well as opportunities in such markets.

At the same time, the network seeks to attract Malaysian talents living abroad to establish alliances or businesses in Malaysia, which would help to enlarge the community of Malaysian technopreneurs.

During the function, the Prime Minister, who had also launched the `Malaysian ICT Outlook 2004 Report', witnessed the exchange of documents for several memoranda of agreements (MoAs) and memoranda of understanding (MoUs).

The agreements, signed during the 8th MSC-IAP (Multimedia Super Corridor-International Advisory Panel) meeting, included the sealing of agreement between Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC), the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM) and Asia Strategic and Leadership Institute (ASLI) to jointly host the Global Public Policy Conference (GPPC) in September 2005.

GPPC is an international event under the auspices of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), which serves to promote and enhance the development of national and global public information and communications technology (ICT) policies.

Another agreement was signed between Cyber Village Sdn Bhd and Elixir Group (Macau) Ltd to design, develop and implement customer relationship, loyalty and rewards management applications for Elixir clients.

The MSC status company iNavigate Sdn Bhd signed an agreement with Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd for mobile banking services with SMS capabilities. The agreement covers licensing, implementation and commissioning of iNavigate m-Apps m-Financial for allianceonline SMS, a new electronic banking channel fo Alliance Bank. 

iNavigate also signed an agreement with Tekson Global Ltd, a subsidiary of China Telecom, to distribute, marketing and sell iNavigate's multimedia content such as Java games to millions of mobile phone subscribers in China. The agreement put to effect the MOU signed between the two companies during the Dato Seri Abdullah recent visit to China in May.

Meanwhile, enterprise application solution company 3ntity Bhd cemented a key relationship with Singapore-based Amplus Communication Pte Ltd, a leading manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification devices), microwave and millimeter wave products in Asia, through an MoU.

3ntity has already undertaken research and development (R&D) in supporting RFID technology application and the cross border collaboration will broaden the RFID portfolios of 3entity.

3ntity also signed up with MRCB Technologies Sdn Bhd to develop customer relation management (CRM) system.

A strategic collaboration was also forged between I-Systems Group Bhd, an insurance IT solutions provider, and its associate I-Systems Projects Sdn Bhd with Biceng Corporation Guangzhou, a leading security solutions provider specializing in online signing and electronic sealing using digital signature, digital watermark and biometric technologies.

The parties have agreed to collaborate on R&D for developing a document security and exchange system that integrates digital signature, digital watermark and biometric technologies to tap the market of insurance, financial institutions and government aagencies in Malaysia and neighbouring countries.

-- BERNAMA