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WCIT 2008 kicks off : The world of ICT converges on Kuala Lumpur Five days of Congress, business matching, exhibition and ancillary activities Major trade and investment deals to be signed.



Kuala Lumpur, May 19, 2008 - (ACN ACN Accenture (stock symbol)
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 Newswire) - The 16th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT WCIT World Congress on Information Technology
WCIT Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (City of London Livery Company)
WCIT Washington Council on International Trade
WCIT World Conference On International Telecommunication
 2008) has arrived in Kuala Lumpur , providing Malaysia with the opportunity to showcase its capability as an emerging global hub for information and communications technology (ICT (1) (Information and Communications Technology) An umbrella term for the information technology field. See IT.

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) and gateway into Asia.

WCIT 2008 is a premier global ICT forum that brings together global leaders in business, government and academia to impact economic and social development through the exchange of policies and ideas on technology. Often billed as the Olympics of ICT, WCIT 2008 is themed, Enable, Empower and Enrich to reflect ICTs potential to enable businesses, empower societies, and enrich economies.

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is the premier convention and exhibition centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This purpose-built convention & exhibition centre is a component part of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre precinct, fondly known as KLCC.
 is the venue for this event, which has drawn 3,000 delegates from 90 countries worldwide. The highlight of WCIT 2008 is the Congress that features more than 100 high-profile personalities who will address a range of pressing issues such as the impact of ICT on outsourcing, education, innovation, technopreneurship and the future of the Internet.

In relation to program content, the WCIT 2008 edition will introduce the Great Debate, where distinguished personalities will field and offer their opinions on current ICT issues, CIO-CEO Panels to bring vendorsand buyers together, and Ministerial Panels to discuss the role of ICT in driving economic and social growth. These new elements to the program are aimed at ensuring the congress remains relevant and interesting.

Keynote speakers include some of the most respected and admired names in industry and government, for example celebrity genome scientist Dr Craig Venter whose work in genetic engineering is exciting the world and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Dr Vinton Cerf, widely acknowledged asthe 'father of the internet'.

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 join such illustrious names as Microsoft's Bill Gates who will address the biennial global ICT forum via holographic technology Intel's Dr Craig Barrett; Dr Hamadoun Toure of the International Telecommunications Union See ITU.

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, Prof Heizo Takenaka, Director of Keio Universitys Global Security Research Institute; Dr Robert Bishop, Adviser to the Blue Brain Project; Dr Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Asset Management and many other local personalities.

WCIT 2008 also incorporates a first-ever World Congress online business matching portal which is expected to generate some 2,000 structured business-to-business (B2B (Business to Business) Refers to one business communicating with or selling to another. See B2B e-commerce, B2C and B2G.

B2B - business to business
) meetings involving the events corporate partners, exhibitors and delegates.

The third component of WCIT 2008 is an exhibition at WCIT 2008 with some 500 participants showcasing their latest ICT products and services. Some 44,000 visitors are expected to visit the 100,000 sq ft of exhibition space.

The event will include a series of related activities to provide delegates with an all-round experience. They comprise a Golf Tournament at Saujana Golf & Country Club, a Spouse Program and various technical and city tours.

WCIT 2008 is fast becoming a platform where multinational companies will be sealing major trade and investment deals worth more than USD USD

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 100 million.

Jointly organized by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM PIKOM Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia ), with the support of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia, WCIT 2008 is the flagship event of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance The World Information Technology and Services Alliance, or WITSA, is a consortium of associations from the information technology (IT) industry around the world. The group claims that it represents over 90% of the world IT market, and has a stated goal of advancing the  (WITSA WITSA World Information Technology and Services Alliance ), a consortium of 73 international ICT organizations whose members comprise more than 90% of the global IT market.

About WCIT 2008

Held once every two years, the World Congress on Information Technology is a premier global ICT forum that brings together global leaders in business, government and academia. Often billed as the Olympics of ICT, it impacts global economic and social development through the exchange of policies and ideas on technology.

WCIT 2008 will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on May 18 - 22, 2008. Themed "The Global Impact of Information and Communications Technology: Enable Businesses, Empower Societies, Enrich Economies", the five-day event is expected to draw more than 2,500 delegates from over 80 countries. Keynote speakers are expected to include some of the most respected and admired names in Government and industry.

WCIT 2008 incorporates a three-day congress to address global impact issues, a Link Program for business matching that includes a series of structured business-to-business (B2B), business-to-government (B2G (Business to Government) Refers to commercial enterprises selling to government agencies. See B2B. ) and business-to-industry (B2I) meetings, an ICT exhibition, a debate on current ICT issues and ancillary activities like tours, golf tournament, F1 experience and a spouse program.

WCIT 2008 is jointly organized by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM), with the support of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia.

WCIT is the flagship event of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of 73 international ICT organizations whose members comprise more than 90% of the global IT market. For more information, please visit www.wcit2008.org/

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