WCIT|IDECS 2023 Launched in Kuching, Sarawak

Oct 26

WITSA Presents the 27th World Congress on Innovation and Technology 2023 in Malaysia

Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA - The 27th World Congress on Innovation and Technology (WCIT) 2023 officially opened today in the vibrant city of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Drawing more than 2500 delegates from across the globe, this premier event emphasizes the future of technology and the boundless opportunities for innovation that lie ahead.

The selection of Kuching, Sarawak as the host city propels it into the limelight as one of the eminent destinations for WCIT, a global catalytic platform owned by WITSA, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance.

"We are thrilled to see the 27th World Congress on Innovation and Technology 2023 take place in Kuching, a city brimming with potential and charm. This choice reflects our ongoing mission to spotlight emerging tech hubs across the world," remarked WITSA Chairman Dr Sean Seah. "With the continual rapid advancement in technology, such gatherings are pivotal in fostering collaboration and ensuring we remain at the forefront of innovation."

Echoing his sentiments, WITSA CEO Dato’ Dan E Khoo said, "Malaysia has consistently showcased its prowess in catalyzing global tech, making it no surprise that this is the third time the nation has been trusted with the WCIT mantle. The atmosphere, energy, and potential in Kuching, Sarawak are palpable, and we look forward to an enriching, productive and inspirational experience."

The global platform, launched by the Sarawak Premier, The Right Honourable Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, records Malaysia as host to WCIT for the 3rd time after WCIT 2008 and WCIT 2022.

At the launch ceremony, WITSA also extended its profound gratitude to the Sarawak Government for its generous hospitality as the host of this grand global tech platform. Special appreciation was also acknowledged to the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) for their impeccable role as the organizer and to Host Association PIKOM, the National Tech Association of Malaysia, for their vital contribution as Host Association of WCIT 2023.

PIKOM Chairman Mr CS Ong also shared his sentiments, “Congratulations to the State of Sarawak for successfully organizing a world-class Technology and Innovation event. PIKOM is proud to be associated with the event and has galvanized our 1,000 members and its regional affiliates around the region to, directly and indirectly, support the event. Apart from the content, the networking and potential business opportunities are what drive PIKOM to arrange delegates and exhibitors to attend WCIT almost every year. PIKOM had the honor of organizing WCIT 2022 in Penang and for this year, we support WCIT|IDECS 2023 as the Host Association.  We would like to thank WITSA for giving Malaysia the opportunity to host WCIT for 2 consecutive years and SDEC for a great job in putting together an event of this stature.

WCIT 2023 opens today till October 6, alongside the 6th International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (IDECS) 2023 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), with over 40 partners and sponsors including Huawei, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Digital Nasional Berhad, Sarawak Energy Berhad, Celcom Digi, MTDC and DELL. 

Among the key speakers at WCIT 2023 this year are Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow, Michael R. Nelson, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Doug Johnson, Consumer Technology Association, Gina Romero, Founder and Head of Special Projects - Connected Women and Catherine Lian, Managing Director of IBM Malaysia.

The global platform also features the WCIT 2023 Exhibition with more than 80 exhibitors showcasing the latest trends in innovation and technology. Visitors to the exhibition can register at https://www.wcit-idecs2023.com/ or onsite at BCCK. 

With a rich history of fostering global connections and showcasing technological marvels, WCIT 2023 is poised to set new benchmarks in the world of tech congresses.


About WITSA: The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is an alliance of tech industry associations from 80 countries.   WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in tech products and services; strengthening WITSA members’ national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.  WITSA’s signature platform, the World Congress on Innovation & Technology (WCIT), is the premier global industry sponsored tech conference.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the tech industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA continuously strives to advance international public policies that foster the tech industry's growth and development. With a focus on promoting industry cooperation and knowledge sharing, WITSA facilitates international trade and investment in tech products and services, contributing to the digital transformation of the global economy. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. 

Contact person: Azlina Ishak- azlina@witsa.org