Friday, January 21

ICT important in NEM aspiration


KUALA LUMPUR: The Information C o m m u n i c a t i o n Technology (ICT) industry will play a very important role in fulfi lling the government’s aspiration towards the New Economic Model, which rests on the pillars of knowledge and innovation, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said ICT innovativeness and creativity will be vital in various sectors including in easing trade transactions, medical treatment, creation of job opportunities, increased use of knowledge while strengthening the world’s economy.

“In the last four decades, the industry has expanded to become the base for driving the world’s economic growth,” he said at the ICT NEF-Awani Awards ceremony here yesterday.

Najib also called on Bumiputera associations and non-governmental organisations to be more attuned to market movements and demands and build up their capacity to obtain projects and opportunities for their members.

As Bumiputera organisations, it would be their respective responsibility to know and understand the needs of their members, he said.

They should lead the way and fi nd solutions to problems faced by their members as it is important to ensure that the industrial issues faced by Bumiputera traders are resolved, he said.

Meanwhile, at the event yesterday which was broadcast live by the Astro Awani channel, 13 awards were presented to winners from various categories.

Among the winners were Century Software Sdn Bhd for “Best Bumiputera Product Content”, Reza Razali who took the award for “Best Young Bumiputera Techno Entrepreneur”, Lotdotmy Sdn Bhd for “Best Bumiputera New Media Application” and Les’ Copaque Production Sdn Bhd which won the special “NEF-Awani Tun Dr Mahathir” award. —