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Optimistic mood in IT industry

OUR CEO OUTLOOK 2003 today features the Malaysia-based CEOs of three of the largest IT corporations #8211; Datuk Wong Siew Hai of Intel Corp, Khatijah Shah of SAP, and T.F. CHONG of Hewlett-Packard (HP). The three CEOs are looking forward to 2003 as they expect a pickup in the world economy will boost spending on IT.

Global markets to be driven by geopolitics in short term

The first part yesterday of the roundtable discussions dwelt on the KLSE#8217;s lacklustre performance for 2002, and the factors contributing to its weakness. The concluding part talks about the market#8217;s probable outlook for this year, given the looming prospect of war in Iraq.

New year brings in new laws to spur development

THE coming of the new year has been the catalyst for the introduction of several new laws in China.

Banking on a better deal for the people

Banking services in the country are due for some renovations, a move spearheaded by Bank Negara Malaysia. The Service Quality Index, slated for introduction in the coming months, will streamline efforts to improve the performance of the country#8217;s financial services sector.

Unit trust sector positive on growth

EVEN though 2003 will be a challenging year for the unit trust industry in view of the global economic slowdown and depressed investment environment, many unit trust management companies are still optimistic that the industry will continue to grow this year.

Africa can learn from the experience of East Asian nations

COUNTRIES in Africa can learn from the development experiences of Malaysia and other East Asian countries, said United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Zephirin Diabre.

Back into the game

SHAUN ORANGE wonders if Liverpool's victory over Manchester City would mark the start of a winning streak for the Reds just as Manchester United's loss to the across-town City had ignited the Red Devils' eight-game winning run.

Fun and gains

In 'Fun Works', Catalyst Consulting Group president Leslie Yerkes shows how companies which have introduced fun in the workplace can still make profits.

Utar campus to revive Kampar

B>T/B>HE Perak Government expects the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) campus in Kampar to act as a catalyst to generate direct and indirect economic activities for the local residents in the town and its surrounding areas.

‘Progress in education reflects Dr M’s vision’

Malaysia's development and its impressive progress in higher education reflects the Prime Minister's determination to promote knowledge and to have knowledgeable people, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said.