The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) has just announced the formation of a new e-commerce chapter within the association called E-Commerce Malaysia.
The new chapter's objectives will include promoting local e-commerce players through regional and global initiatives and will also be the point of contact with the government on e-commerce related matters.
E-Commerce Malaysia will also work closely with the National E-Commerce Council (NECC) and the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to make sure that the initiatives and programmes of the chapter will be in line with the National E-Commerce Roadmap.
Membership of the chapter will comprise of e-commerce merchants, marketplaces, payment providers, logistics and fulfilment players.
The chapter will be headed by Pikom deputy chairman Ganesh Kumar Bangah.
According to Bangah, one of the issues that the chapter will be tackling is logistics – the target is to work with logistics companies to not just speed up shipping but to bring the cost of shipping any product below one kilogramme anywhere within the region for just US$2.50 (about RM11).
Pikom's e-commerce chapter will complement the newly-launched ASOCIO E-Commerce Alliance platform which comprises e-commerce players from around the region.
ASOCIO, or the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation, is a grouping of ICT industry associations representing 31 economies in the Asia and Oceania region.
At the same event, David Wong Nan Fay was announced as the new chairman of ASOCIO.