Positive Steps To Boost World Innovation
Malaysia is taking positive steps to boost world innovation.
It plans to hold annual World Innovation Forum to promote and foster "Innovation by all for the benefit of all".
This follows the successful hosting of the inaugural World Innovation Forum Kuala Lumpur (WIF-KL) 2012 with the theme: "Inclusive Innovation for Transformation".
The forum, held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center for five days, ended yesterday (November 7,2012).
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin suggests WIF-KL to be made an annual event based on the encouraging turnout and quality of the speakers and participants.
"It will continue to be a platform for exchange and networking among governments, business, academia and civil society in exploring and addressing the demands and expectations faced by the science, technology and innovation stakeholders and key actors, including policy makers, managers, scientists, technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs," he stresses.
WIF-KL, jointly organized by Malaysia's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and Malaysia Innovation Foundation (YIM), attracted about 2,000 participants from 50 countries.
It incorporated three core events - the Kuala Lumpur Innovation Forum(KLIF) 2012, BioMalaysia Conference and Nano Malaysia
The World Innovation Exposition which included the National Innovation Conference & Exhibition (NICE) 2012, Nano Malaysia Exhibition 2012, BioMalaysia Exhibition 2012 and the Grassroots Innovation Exhibition 2012, were held alongside the meetings.
In addition,the organizers executed 10 satellite programs - Innovation Walk, YIM Kids Invent! Finale, Asia Grassroots Innovation Design Competition and Forum, 21st Century Learning (Innovation in Education), Invent Trophy Award with Yo! Generation Innovation, Cyber Security Awards Conference & Exhibition ( CSM-ACE) 2012 International Symposium on Accelerating Innovation in Developing Countries, TEDx Merdeka Square and WIF-KL Innovation Awards Nite.
To recognize and reward innovative and creative achievements, MOSTI Minister Datuk Sri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili presented trophies and cash prizes to 25 award winners.
Among the awards handed out were National Innovation Awards,National Young Scientist Award, National Technologist Award, Most Innovative Information Security Company of the Year Award, Most Innovative Information Security Professional of the Year Award, Bio-Innovation Awards, MIMOS Prestigious Awards, CIPTA(Invent) Awards and Grassroots Innovators Awards.
YIM also launched a special program - iCATS (iNNOVATION CATALYSTS) - for young people to be agents of strategic change.
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MOSTI Minister says developing countries face the challenge to establish innovative and forward-looking scientific and progressive society.
The new society needs to be "one that is not only a consumer of technology but also a contributor to the scientific and technological civilization of the future".
This means nations must take steps to raise the capacity and capability for research, development commercialization and promote and inculcate a culture of innovation in society.
The aim of WIF-KL 2012 is to build and strengthen networking, linkages and collaboration to shape new knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy amid global economic uncertainties.
It means nurturing productive ways of thinking about innovation, developing conducive ecosystem and understanding the workings of innovation as the driver for economic transformation.
WIF-Kl marks the culmination of 2012 as the Year of Science and Innovation Movement in Malaysia on the back of two government initiatives - the Year of Creativity and Innovation Malaysia 2010 and the Year of Science and Mathematics Promotion 2011.
In line with Vision 2020 to transform Malaysia into an advanced nation by the year 2020, MOSTI, YIM and strategic partners are working closely together to inculcate a culture of innovation and creativity into Malaysian society.
The Malaysian government has declared 2010-2020 as the "Decade of Innovation" for Malaysia with various programs spearheaded by MOSTI for implementation with the co-operation of various ministries, agencies and strategic partners to foster and promote science and innovation.
It focuses on developing sustainable and inclusive innovation as Malaysia's competitive edge in its mid and long-term development strategies in tandem with the principles of "1Malaysia: People First Performance Now".
It plans to raise the average monthly income of RM1,440 of 2.4 million Malaysian households by generating new jobs and incomes under its Digital Economy and Bio-Economy double booster strategic thrusts.
This calls for all Malaysians to change and transform
> To re-energize the private sector;> To develop a quality workforce;> To build a competitive domestic economy;> To strengthen the public sector;> To create a transparent and market friendly affirmative action (program);> To develop the knowledge-based infrastructure;> To enhance the sources of growth and> To ensure sustainability in growth.
'Although change cannot happen overnight steps toward it must begin now," stresses Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin, Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister in his keynote address.
"Inclusive innovation is a key strategy to achieve inclusive growth by increasing productivity and competitiveness, (thereby), reducing poverty and inequality."
"It focuses on the unmet needs of the excluded or the bottom of the pyramid groups," he adds.