IAP meet to discuss convergence of ICT, biotech and nanotech


By Hashim Abu Bakar in Cyberjaya

THE convergence of information and communications technology (ICT), biotechnology and nanotechnology is among topics to be discussed at the forthcoming International Advisory Panel (IAP) meeting in Cyberjaya from Sept 4 and 5. 

According to Dr Ghazie Ismail, senior vice-president of the Multimedia Development Corp (MDC), the organiser, this year’s meeting will see the attendance of 17 members and 14 representatives of the world’s most prestigious ICT companies. 

Ghazie also announced that Satyam Computer Services chairman Ramalingam Raju had joined IAP as a new member while vice-provost for new initiatives, Illinois Institute of Technology, Dennis Robertson, had been promoted to member from representative previously. They are also expected to attend. 

The two-day seminar is expected to highlight the strengths and successes of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). It will also discuss business strategies in the new economy, technopreneur ecosystems, global outsourcing, and ubiquitous devices and broadband technologies. 

The seminar, which is normally chaired by the Malaysian Prime Minister, will also discuss future directions of the MSC, with strong input from world-renowned ICT companies. 

Past meetings have generated recommendations that have been incorporated into the MSC's strategy for development.  

Input from MSC members had helped shape its progress and development significantly, with some of the members personally overseeing the projects undertaken, Ghazie said. 

Among the members are Prof William Miller from Stanford University, Dr John Gage from Sun Microsystems, Datuk Dr Stan Shih from The Acer Group and Masanobu Suzuki from NTT Communications Corp.  

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