BOSTON: Almost 200 global ICT policymakers are expected to brainstorm in Malaysia next year on ways to improve the lives of the underprivileged in less developed countries.
This comes under the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) of which Malaysia is a member of the steering committee represented by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis.
GAID, which is led by Intel chairman Dr Craig Barrett, is a United Nations-initiative to get nations together as a collective group to address issues such as poverty, education, environment and health.
“Since Malaysia is hosting the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in May next year, we felt it would be good for the policymakers to gather as well, perhaps in a parallel meeting,” Dr Jamaluddin told reporters here.
The WCIT will be attended by academicians and global leaders from public and private sectors.
They will exchange ideas on policies and technology in economic and social development.
Dr Jamaluddin said that Malaysia was a pioneer member for GAID and the Government felt that “human capital development is the key towards a globally competitive ICT community.”
He was on a five-day visit to three US cities last week.
In Santa Clara, California, he attended a summit organised by Intel Corp and GAID which discussed how the United Nations and the Silicon Valley could expand ICT benefits in sectors such as education and healthcare in developing countries.
Here in Boston, Dr Jamaluddin inspected the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre which will be the venue for the BIO International Convention in May.
“This is an annual biotech show which Malaysia has been participating since 2004,” he said.
He said 14 Malaysian exhibitors would be taking part.
Dr Jamaluddin also said that about 3,000 people visited the Malaysian booths last year compared with just 300 when Malaysia first took part in the exhibition.
The biotech industry, he said, was constantly on the lookout for opportunities to outsource their jobs to developing countries like Malaysia.