15 September 2022

Closing Remarks by the Chief Minister of Penang,

YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow

Exco Members of The Penang State Government


Ambassadors & High Commissioners to Malaysia


Dr Sean Seah, Chairman of PIKOM


Mr Yannis Sirros, Chairman of WITSA

Federal & State Government Agencies

Distinguished guests

Members of the media

Ladies and gentlemen

We have completed a fulfilling 3-days at WCIT 2022. I hope and indeed, I am confident that the event has set the stage for all of us as individuals, corporations, organisations and government to connect and transform the world we live in.

I am proud and happy to note that WCIT 2022 ranks as among the largest innovation and tech gatherings not only post-pandemic, but also pre-pandemic: more than 4,000 conference guests; over 60 nations and economies. And with the inclusion of TechFest 2022 that features more than 500 brands.

WCIT 2022 has liven up to its promise to serve as a catalyst to sustain the recovery of Malaysia’s digital and national economy post-pandemic with the investment announcements that I am privileged to witness today.

Congratulations to the respective parties and collaborations!

The digital investments announced at WCIT 2022 is expected to create more than 11,000 job opportunities. Of this figure, some 5,900 opportunities can be generated through federal digital investments and another 5,800 via domestic digital investments.

I am happy to note that there will also be new jobs from the digital investments made in Penang during a year when WCIT 2022 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the state’s industrialization. Of course, Penangites have a new aspiration to aim for now, and that is out 2030 vision for a family-focused green and smart state incorporating the Penang Digital Initiative.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me take this opportunity to express the Penang Government’s deep gratitude to the following parties for both the staging and the success of WCIT 2022.

WITSA, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, for once again appointing Malaysia and in this case Penang as the host.

PIKOM, the National Tech Association of Malaysia, for organizing and hosting a truly memorable event.

All the sponsors and partners for your contributions and collaborations. The participants and attendees from Malaysia and rest of the world.

I would also like to highlight the selfless contributions of the hundreds of volunteers. You are the definitely the unsung heroes who have guaranteed that this event will live long in our memories.

Thank you.


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