Count-down Begins: “Olympics of IT” Returning to Malaysia

September 13, 2021

Contact:          Dr. Jim Poisant. Mobile: +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org
                        Dr. Sean Seah. Mobile: +60 12 336-1933 E: sean.seah@pikom.org.my

WITSA Lauds PIKOM’s Perseverance through Global Pandemic to Host Grand Event on September 13-15, 2022

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) today announced that the 26th World Congress on IT (WCIT 2022) will take place in Penang, Malaysia on September 13-15, 2022, with the theme “Connecting and Transforming the World”, setting Penang as a gateway to ASEAN and a linkage to the world. Often referred to as the “Olympics of the information and communications technology industry”, the WCIT was first held in 1978. WITSA’s flagship event is unique in its global perspective on ICT issues and its ability to draw users, providers, media and academia from around the world. Global business, government and academic leaders discuss emerging markets, legal and policy issues, political and economic trends, emerging technologies, ICT user perspectives and business opportunities in the global marketplace. Among the featured speakers are the most distinguished and internationally recognized leaders from government and industry.

The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), had originally won the bid to host WCIT in 2020. The event was ultimately postponed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In its place, PIKOM hosted a spectacular three-day “Techfest Live featuring Road-to-WCIT 2022” virtual event on November 18-20, 2020. The event paved the way for the return of the WCIT to Malaysia in 2022 as the gateway to Southeast Asia with a market size of 650 million people. “WITSA is proud of PIKOM’s perseverance amidst the global crisis and for successfully planning the return of the World Congress on IT to Malaysia in 2022”, said WITSA Chairman Yannis Sirros. “With the return of the WCIT, PIKOM demonstrates how the world can recover from this crisis with digital technologies as a driver of prosperity, economic growth and innovation, introducing a new digital future, all over the world,” continued Mr. Sirros. “Among all the lessons derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, none is more important than stressing the importance of ICT development. Crises will come and go but falling behind in the Digital Age will cast nations into perpetual poverty and hardship. Catching up is quite possible if nations act NOW with a sense of Urgency. WCIT 2022 will put a spotlight on how countries, societies and businesses can succeed in a post-pandemic world by embracing digital transformation and by accelerating digital investments to match changing customer needs, improve business operation through use of data and AI, modernizing technology capabilities selectively to boost growth, and enhancing organizational agility to adapt quicker to market changes”.

“I wish to thank WITSA for the continued support of PIKOM and Malaysia’s quest to launch a successful WCIT in Penang next year”, said Dr. Sean Seah, Deputy Chairman of WITSA and PIKOM. “WCIT 2022 will put a spotlight on Penang, which is known as the Silicon Valley of the East for its ground-breaking and innovative industries”, continued Dr. Seah. “Penang is not only one of Malaysia’s most vital economic powerhouses, with the highest Gross Domestic Product per capita among all Malaysian states but is also home to one of the most distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I am looking forward to welcoming delegates from all corners of the world next September, which will further position Malaysia and Penang as the digital hub for ASEAN countries and connecting Malaysia to the world. A state-wide digital experience festival, TechFest 2022, is scheduled from 8th to 18th September 2022 to coincide with WCIT 2022.”

“I know that everyone in the 85-country wide global WITSA member community is looking forward to the reschedule World Congress in Penang next year”, stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “Malaysia is one of only two countries to have hosted the WCIT twice in its storied 43-year history”, continued Dr. Poisant. “Malaysia last hosted the WCIT event in Kuala Lumpur in 2008 and managed to secure total sales and investments worth RM8.3 billion (USD2 billion) with 20,000 jobs created as a result of over 800 business meetings held during the event, creating more than RM1.24 billion (USD 300 million) in business opportunities for the Malaysian information and communications technology (ICT) industry. WCIT2022 will be a key factor for Malaysia’s economic transformation and a platform to bridging the digital divide and ensuring that the needs of most vulnerable in society are addressed.”

For more information about WITSA’s World Congress on ICT, please see our “WCIT Proud History” brochure at https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WITSAs-World-Congresses-on-IT-A-Proud-History.pdf.

 About WITSA:

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

WITSA Celebrates Launch of Global Business Exchange!

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 September 1, 2021

Contact:  Dr. Jim Poisant. Mobile: +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

GBX Launch Marked by Worldwide Participation from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin-America, North America, and Middle East

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today marked the official launch of its Global Business Exchange (GBX), presenting many exciting features of this new and innovative platform, which offers companies throughout WITSA’s vast global network with many benefits including a robust B2B networking platform, allowing participating companies to establish business connections with one another to expand their personal and business networks. Participating companies can search the platform to connect with other companies in order to partner, purchase and sell their goods and services across WITSA’s 85 member countries, representing over 90 percent of the world ICT market.

WITSA’s Global Business Exchange is made possible with the support of the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) and Fusionex Group.

“The initial intent of the GBX was to have it serve as a global B2B platform for WITSA’s members’ members, enabling thousands of them to expand their business and professional networks, globally”, stated Dr. Sean Seah, PIKOM Deputy Chairman and WITSA GBX Executive Director, who is also the current Deputy Chairman of WITSA. “As it was being developed, thanks to improvements and innovation in platform technology, the GBX has grown into much more than a B2B platform.”

Other key features of WITSA’s GBX include a Request for Proposal Corner, Virtual Conference Hosting, a Virtual Exhibition Hall, live streaming of Webinars, a research repository, an Education & Training Center, a Global Partners and Products Showroom, a WITSA Speakers Bureau, and a Global ICT Excellence Awards Winners Honor Hall.

“On behalf of WITSA, I would like to say that we are very excited to be able to offer our members a unique benefit which will enable WITSA member companies of all sizes an opportunity to expand their professional and business networks around the globe,” said WITSA Chairman Mr. Yannis Sirros.

In the months ahead, WITSA’s GBX will also include an option for companies to obtain a “Business Excellence Certification” (BECP) status. Once a company is active on the GBX platform, they may choose to apply for BECP status. WITSA certified BECP companies may post RFIs and RFPs to the GBX network of companies to seek global partnerships on products, solutions, services and joint project bids opportunities.

“We applaud WITSA’s visionary initiative in wanting to help its business community to overcome these challenges by adopting a data-driven virtual platform powered by Fusionex that will empower its members with insights and enable their businesses to not only stay afloat but thrive. The GBX platform offers a holistic experience. It allows WITSA members and all participants to cultivate business relationships and gain access to new markets worldwide. It is our hope that this collaboration will serve as a catalyst in igniting a paradigm shift from physical to digital and hybrid. Only in doing so, will we be able to navigate the rapidly fluctuating, and anomalous landscape caused by COVID-19 and emerge resilient against future crises,” said Fusionex Group CEO Dato’ Seri Ivan Teh.

“As the GBX matures, we also plan on including the ability for members to launch online research and surveys, to use the GBX database to assist WITSA members in running their own events -such as signing up delegates, solicit sponsorships, identify speakers and program content-, offer GBX to key stakeholders such as the WTO, OECD, WHO, World Bank to organize joint events, sponsorships or surveys”, stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “Participating companies will be able to expand their business and professional network around the globe through our Global Business Exchange, seek international recognition through the WITSA Business Excellence Certification and seek strategic partnerships, sub, and prime contracting opportunities, and enhance their corporate branding, globally”, continued Dr. Poisant.

The official launch of the GBX marked the participation of several WITSA countries, including companies from the likes of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Greece, Malaysia, Nigeria, Taiwan, UK, etc. The GBX platform can be found at https://witsa.fxvep.com/gbx/home. A short video presentation is also available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QBX47RHcouFtHw1NtPvyUsESKDBJTAsN/view

If you have any questions about the WITSA Global Business Exchange, please contact Ms. Molly Poisant at molly@witsa.org, Anders Halvorsen at ahalvorsen@witsa.org or your WITSA member association representative.

 

About WITSA:

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

WITSA Signs Multi-Association Letter on China Draft Personal Information Protection and Data Security Laws

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June 3, 2021

 

Contact: Mr. Anders Halvorsen: +1 571 265-5964 E: ahalvorsen@witsa.org

 

WITSA Signs Multi-Association Letter on China Draft Personal Information Protection and Data Security Laws

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today signed a multi-association letter addressing data localization mandates and data transfer restrictions in the People’s Republic of China’s draft Data Security Law (DSL) and draft Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL). The letter raises concerns regarding certain provisions relating to data localization and data transfers in the draft legislation.

The multi-association letter reflects WITSA’s existing policy principles established in its Statement of Policy on Restrictions of the Free Flow of Information Across Nationality/Regional Borders. WITSA is taking a strong stance against forced localization of data requirements as these interrupts the free flow of data that underpins the complex online networks connecting the globe in ways that threaten the cultural and economic growth potential of the Internet and Internet-based technologies.

The ability to access technology and transfer data securely across international digital networks is of central importance to any company with international business activities. Cross-border data transfers support many important priorities, including international sales and marketing, transnational research and development, cybersecurity, fraud monitoring and prevention, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and a broad range of other activities relating to the protection of health, privacy, security, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance. To avoid prejudicing these priorities, the multi-association letter recommends that the PIPL and DSL avoid the imposition of data localization mandates, onerous data transfer restrictions, and associated data-related barriers.

The signed letter can be found on the following link: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/China-DSL-PIPL-MultiAssociationLetter-20210602-English-Translation.pdf

 About WITSA:

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

WITSA signs multi-association letter to make concrete policy recommendations to the G20 to drive the global digital recovery

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May 17, 2021

Contact:
Ms. Angela Mondou, WITSA Policy Chair: +1 (519) 589-4039 E: amondou@technationcanada.ca 
Mr. Anders Halvorsen: +1 571 265-5964 E: ahalvorsden@witsa.org

 

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today co-signed a letter addressed to G20 governments. As we look ahead to this year’s G20 Summit in October, WITSA and our partners in the global digital and technology industries wish to emphasize the need to harness digital transformation to drive recovery and build resilience into the world economy WITSA and ten other leading international digital associations have put forward the following concrete policy proposals:

  • Avoid digital protectionism or imposing barriers to trade in recovery planning and economic stimulus packages;
  • Ensure that regulatory approaches impacting digital services, technologies and infrastructure are non-discriminatory;
  • Invest in strengthening the resilience of global value chains;
  • Commit to facilitating the free flow of data that recognizes the need for interoperability of regimes across borders and refraining from imposing damaging data localization requirements;
  • Follow the Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) principles;
  • Support multilateral efforts at the OECD to establish a set of common practices and legal processes for ensuring trusted law enforcement; and
  • Establish common approaches to the regulation of emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence (AI).

 

The signed letter can be found here.

 

About WITSA:

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

Global ICT Excellence Awards 2021: Call for Nominations

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance is excited to announce the 2021 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards program!  The Global ICT Excellence Awards will be presented in conjunction with the WCIT 2021, to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from November 11-14, 2021.

Nomination forms and additional details can be found here

Global Business Exchange

Watch the WITSA GBX Launch Video!

TO REGISTER FOR GBX: Any WITSA Member in good-standing, may invite their members to register for the GBX. Please go to: https://witsa.fxvep.com/b2bmeeting/registration
Select MEMBER instead of VISITOR and a member of the GBX Team will reach out directly with directions on how to upload asset files, etc. 

GBX Soft Launch/Training Session recording from August 18, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions about the GBX

Examples of Asset Files
FUSIONX Logo
FUSIONX Video
FUSIONX Brochure-1-thumb
FUSIONX Brochure-2-thumb
FUSIONX Product A-brochure-1
FUSIONX Product B-brochure-2
FUSIONX Featured Product Image 1
FUSIONX Featured Product Image 2

Contact: If you have any questions about the WITSA Global Business Exchange, please contact molly@witsa.org or your WITSA member representative.