Malaysia to host the Olympics of the ICT industry in 2020

  • TECH
  • Friday, 24 Oct 2014

The brains from the world of ICT will interact here in 2020, when the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (Pikom) host the 22nd World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) here.

The host for the biennial conference is selected on a rotational basis from either Asia Pacific, Europe and North American countries.

WCIT is fondly known as the Olympics of the ICT industry. This will be the second time Malaysia has hosted the WCIT, after successfully hosting the 16th series in 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, attracting 3,300 delegates from over 92 countries.

Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, chief executive officer of MDeC said, “The WCIT 2020 will undoubtedly make Malaysia the world’s focal point for dialogue, policy action and entrepreneurship on global developments related to the ICT industry and digital economy.”

The selection of the WCIT 2020 host was announced recently at the WCIT 2014 which was held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

WCIT is the flagship event of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of over 80 international ICT organisations whose members comprise more than 90% of the global ICT market.

The first WCIT was held in Barcelona, Spain in 1978 and Brasilia, Brazil has been selected as the host for the 20th WCIT in 2016.

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