World Congress on Information Technology 2022

Press Conference Opening Remarks by

YAB Chow Kon Yeow

The Chief Minister of Penang

World Congress on Information Technology 2022

19 January 2022



YB. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Jailani Bin Muhamed Yunus

State Secretary of Penang


YB. Jagdeep Singh Deo Karpal Singh

Penang State EXCO for Housing, Local Government, and Town & Country Planning

YB. Zairil Khir Johari

Penang State EXCO for Infrastructure and Transport

YBhg. Dato’ Ar. Yew Tung Seang

Mayor of Penang Island City Council (MBPP)

YBhg. Dato Seri Lee Kah Choon

Director of Invest Penang

Dato’ Loo Lee Lian

CEO of Invest Penang

Dato' Dr Ooi Kee Beng

Managing Director of Penang Institute

En. Tony Yeoh Choon Hock

CEO of Digital Penang

Mr. Raymond Siva

CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)


Mr. William Lee

International Director of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Mr. Chang Wen Han

Manager of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Penang

Dr. Sean Seah

Chairman of PIKOM

Mr. Ong Kian Yew


Mr. Ong Chin Seong

Deputy Chairman of the WCIT2022 Organizing Committee

Distinguished Guests,

Members of the media,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Good afternoon and welcome to today's press conference.

We concluded the 2nd Steering Committee meeting just a short while ago and much progress has been made.

The meeting was attended by state EXCO members and representatives from state agencies such as Invest Penang, Digital Penang, Penang Institute, and the Penang Island City Council (MBPP).

In addition, we also have representatives from federal agencies, namely, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

Not forgetting, we have our partner, PIKOM, with a strong team in attendance.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Two months ago, Bangladesh handed over the baton to Malaysia, with Penang announced as the host city of WCIT2022.

It is now our turn to shine. We are 8 months away from the event, and as we countdown towards the event, each month, week and day is becoming increasingly critical.


We have lined up some global speakers to headline WCIT2022 including: Nancy Giordano, a strategic futurist; Mary-jo de Leeuw, a cybersecurity leader and one of the 20 most influential persons in tech; Dr Soumitra Dutta of Cornell University and the co-author of the Network Readiness Index; Douglas Comstock, Deputy CFO at NASA and Gina Romero, CEO of Connected Women, a social enterprise impacting 100,000 women; and Dr Bill Magee, founder of Operation Smile that seeks to improve the lives of many underprivileged children.

These are a start to the many more exciting speakers who we expect to make their way to Penang in September for the WCIT2022.

We also intend to include our local champions from both the tech and non-tech worlds in the stellar lineup of speakers. Many are household names, tech unicorns, or established business leaders.

Having an ASEAN focus is also paramount, and we have identified key ASEAN tech leaders and unicorn founders to be part of the discourse during WCIT2022.

Today, we are also pleased to announce Fusionex, a locally based global technology solutions provider, as our technology partner for WCIT2022.

Fusionex will roll out the online platform, conference app and streaming for WCIT2022. With their past credentials of rolling out the PIKOM Virtual Engagement Platform (VEP) and WITSA Global Business Exchange (GBX), I am confident that they are the ideal partner for WCIT2022.

I am optimistic that WCIT2022 will be a huge success for Penang and Malaysia.

With that, allow me to pass the baton to Dr Sean Seah, the Cairman of PIKOM, who will say a few words before we proceed with the rest of the formalities.

Thank you.

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