THE SMI Association of Malaysia has received a RM250,000 boost for its SMI Recognition Award Series 2003 with DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd pledging the sum as main sponsor.
DiGi said in a statement yesterday that it would contribute RM200,000 for the award and an additional RM50,000 to own one of the categories the SMI-DiGi ICT Adoption Award.
At a mock cheque presentation ceremony, DiGi head of business sales Jeff Chong said:
The adoption of the SMI-DiGi ICT Adoption Award further reinforces our commitment to encouraging the growth of information and communications technology (ICT), across all fields and industries.
The SMI Association of Malaysia national president and project adviser Looi Teong Chye said the main objectives of the awards were to enhance intellectual property values of small- and medium-sized industries (SMIs) and reinforce their brand image internationally.
Chong said that as a fast growing segment of the economy, SMIs possessed much potential and opportunity for telecommunications companies to tap.
Through telecommunications products and services SMIs could harness opportunities arising from a fast evolving business environment of the global marketplace, he added.
The SMI Recognition Award Series 2003 was launched in late May by organising chairman Datuk Chua Jui Meng, who is also the Health Minister and the patron of the SMI Association of Malaysia.
The awards presentation ceremony will be held on Oct 3. The award series is jointly organised by the SMI Association and Sin Chew Daily. Co-organisers are the National SMI Consultative Council and ASTRO.
The media partners are The Star, Rediffusion 988, Business World magazine and Sin Chew 1.Com.
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