PIKOMAssociation of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia
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The black tie event was held at the Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur and was also in conjunction with PIKOMs celebration of its 30th anniversary.
Looi is a former chairman of PIKOM and currently serves as advisor and heads PIKOM's International Affairs Committee.
The first WITSA Business Center is hosted by PIKOM at their premises, offering WITSA members from around the world a facility to conduct business meetings whilein Malaysia," said Looi, who is also the Advisor to PIKOM.
PIKOM is currently hosting the WITSA HQ Secretariat in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.
While PIKOM accepts there is need to ensure only serious bidders should be allowed to participate, it hopes the current cost of up to RM10,000 for tender documents will be reviewed, as this may discourage or exclude many genuine bidders, especially from smaller companies, it added.
Additionally, PIKOM calls for additional tax relief, along with re-introduction of the withdrawal from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to incentivise consumers to buy information and communications technology (ICT) products and services.
The activities organised by PIKOM during WCIT 2008 has proven to be successful in enabling local ICT players to not only sign deals with foreign companies but also build bridges of opportunities for future alliances.
PIKOM undertook the initiative to organise these events to propel Malaysian trade competitiveness to a global level and impart valuable knowledge to local companies.
In spite of the impending globaleconomic crisis, PIKOM remains optimistic that the ICT industry will continue to be an engine of growth for the nation.
PIKOM as facilitator has engaged seven different partners to provide the necessary equipment and supporting services to specified 'host' PC centres.
PIKOM works to improve the business climate in the interests of all its member companies and to promote industry growth in line with national aspirations.