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					                         Welcome Remarks by
                 by Hon. Dato’ Sri Dr Lim Keng Yaik
           Minister of Energy, Water and Communications
                        At the GK3 Gala Dinner

               on 11 December 2007 (Tuesday) – 7.15 p.m.
                    At Grand Ballroom 1 & 2, Level 3
                    Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre


Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Halim Man
Secretary-General, Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications

Y.Bhg. Datuk Dr. Halim Shafie
Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

Mr Walter Fust,
Chair of the Global Knowledge Partnership Executive Committee and
Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Ms Rinalia Abdul Rahim,
Executive Director, Global Knowledge Partnership and Chair of GK3
Working Committee

Excellencies

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A very good evening to all.


1.   It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the GK3 Gala Dinner.
I am indeed elated at this large turnout representing a dozen
governments as well as universities, national science councils, national
and international science research organizations, bilateral donors,
private foundations, NGOs and the private sector. That’s an impressive
range, my sincere thanks to all of you for coming.


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2.    I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Global
Knowledge Partnership Secretariat on organising the 3rd Global
Knowledge Conference successfully.


Ladies and Gentlemen,


3.    Tracing the history of man, we can see that significant discoveries
and inventions have transformed the livelihood of man. Discovery of fire
and iron, invention of the wheel and finally the industrial revolution, were
landmarks of the history of man. When the industrial revolution came,
some embraced it and some didn’t or couldn’t. Seemingly there was a
choice as far as the industrial revolution was concerned.


4.    But the information revolution would not give you a choice. It will
ultimately engulf you without you making the choice because it is
unavoidable and unstoppable. Thus, it is better to embrace it as quickly
as possible and benefit from it or risk being perished.


5.    If we look hard enough, it is quite evident that wealth and
prosperity has been the result of how we have accumulated and applied
information and knowledge in our socio-economic framework. Look at
the developed nations and you will see the pervasiveness of information
and knowledge in their socio-economic fabric.


6.    ICTs role in this phenomenon is as a catalyst. It greatly facilitates
the accumulation and application of information and knowledge and
enhances the efficiency of the process.




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Ladies and Gentlemen,


7.    Your theme of Emerging People, Markets and Technologies is
indeed apt because ICT will transform the global socio-economic
environment through these elements. Each of those elements will
influence and build upon each other in a continuous and dynamic
revolution. In the information age, people will use ICT to live, work and
play. To reach them, market structures will change to become more
virtual and to make the connection, new technologies will continuously
emerge.


8.    We can see it happen in front of our eyes. We become paralysed
when we lose our mobile phone. We are unable to do any work without
the computer and Internet. We work from anywhere and anytime, i.e. in
virtual offices. We learn through e-learning. And we hardly play on fields
and other recreational areas, rather just through our computers. And
now we have virtual worlds where we can transform ourselves into
virtual beings and do anything without moving from our chairs. On
markets, i.e. a place of buying and selling, it is also getting more virtual.
E-commerce has brought the market place to our computers. Even the
governments had to bow to this phenomenon and provide e-government
services. To facilitate all these, we have a multitude of technologies,
which seem to be driving the whole transformation process.
Ladies and Gentlemen


9.    But there is no turning back. ICT is here to say and we better
embrace it as fast as we could to stay relevant in the information age.
We in Malaysia have made that decision in the mid-90’s. You would
have heard about our Multimedia Super Corridor, which was our first

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salvo into the information age. We implemented a convergent
environment in the late 90’s and we have successfully projected
ourselves to be an ICT-based economy in the new millennium.


10.   In the early part of this millennium, the Malaysian Government
proclaimed to transform Malaysia into a knowledge economy and a
strategic plan was introduced.


11.   In the ICT sector, access was the main problem and we
implemented the universal service program to ensure that un-served and
underserved areas would be connected. The government poured direct
funding to establish telecenters in our rural areas. As you are aware, if
you want to bet on a future driver of change and development, it is
always children. So we implemented one of the most valuable projects –
the Schoolnet project, where all the 10,000 schools were provided with
broadband connectivity.


Ladies and Gentlemen


12.   You may think all that was pretty good. But the truth is, we have
just scratched the surface.
13.   If there is an ICT nation worth its salt, it has to have 2 important
ingredients – broadband and content. Incidentally, they happen to be the
2 most difficult elements to provide because the first is very costly and
the second requires much skill.


14.   In 2005, we launched the new ICT strategic blueprint for the next 5
years, known as MYICMS 886. We cannot do all and sundry. We have
to focus on some selected areas based on our immediate predisposed

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capacity and capability. We have identified 6 growth engines for the ICT
sector, namely content development, education hub, digital multimedia
receivers, communication devices, embedded components and foreign
ventures. To power these growth areas, we have identified 8 services
namely broadband, 3-G, mobile TV, digital home, RFID, VoIP and
universal service using 8 infrastructure, i.e. multiservice, 3-G and
satellite networks and the soft elements of IPV6, home Internet adoption,
security,   competence        development   and   product   design   and
manufacturing.


15.   If you look closely, you can see that the MYICMS886 is in fact the
operationalisation of your theme of emerging people, market and
technologies. Since I envisaged the MYICMS886 in 2005 and you have
proposed this theme in 2007, I believe there is an opportunity for me to
collect royalties from GK3!


Ladies and Gentlemen,


16.   In this quagmire, where does events like GK3 stand? I believe
events like GK3 are excellent facilitators of the transformation process.
Like what I am doing here now, GK3 is an excellent platform for sharing
of information, knowledge and experience. You all have a great story to
tell us, I am sure. We need not re-invent the wheel and make the same
mistakes others have made before us. Let us share and avoid pitfalls. As
you will know, the one asset which does not diminish through sharing is
knowledge, in fact, sharing enhances it.


17.   GK3 is also an excellent platform to forge networks for cooperation
and collaboration. We have representations from various nations and

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entities, where each has their own unique capacities. Let us through the
GK3 explore opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. Let us build
on each others strengths and benefit mutually.


18.   And events like GK3 are excellent opportunities for capacity
building as well.


Ladies and gentlemen,


19.   This is the 10th Anniversary of the organiser, the Global Knowledge
Partnership secretariat. On this 10th anniversary of GKP, I hope that you
as members of the GKP community will share, learn, network,
cooperate, collaborate and derive mutual benefits from this GK3. Let us
through sharing and partnerships build a future world of equal
opportunities.


20.   This is the 50th anniversary of Malaysia and also a Visit Malaysia
Year. This is indeed a best time to be in Malaysia. Take some time off
from the meetings and enjoy Malaysia. Instead of visiting Asia, you can
just visit Malaysia because Malaysia is Truly Asia.


21.   On that note, I would like to once again thank you for taking your
time off to be here with us tonight. I wish you all a pleasant evening.


Thank you.



Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications
Putrajaya
11 December 2007

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