Press Release - Soft Launch
For Immediate Release
KLIF 2011, PROMOTING AN AGENDA FOR HIGHER INCOME STATUS
KUALA LUMPUR, June 9, 2011 – Approximately 500 high level participants representing the public, private and civil sectors, and academicians, are expected to congregate in PWTC this coming November 15 - 16, 2011 for a two-day Forum on Innovation & Creativity.
With a theme of ‘Beyond Innovation’, the Kuala Lumpur Innovation Forum (KLIF) 2011 will be the best platform to promote a global, regional and national agenda, Towards Achieving an Innovative Society status and A High Income & Advanced Economy.
KLIF 2011 will be co-organised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Malaysian Innovation Foundation (YIM).
Speaking at the soft launch of KLIF 2011 today in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and also YIM Chairman said that the forum will gather high level stakeholders, representing the public, private and civil sectors, to share their experiences, discuss and deliberate issues and strategies on innovative-driven economy.
He said, “The event was a big success when it was first staged in 2010, receiving overwhelming response especially from renowned international and local speakers, besides receiving rave reviews from those attending it.
“KLIF 2011 is also aimed at intensifying the focus on innovation which had been identified by the Prime Minister as one of the important drivers to enhance and transform the performance of the public and private sectors, especially within the New Economic Model initiatives”.
The Malaysian government has identified innovation as the key mechanism that will propel Malaysia forward, and in order to achieve the bold ambitions set out in the New Economic Model (NEM), Malaysia must first change the way things have been done and efforts to innovate must be intensified at a relentless pace.
“Both the government and the private sector need to work together in the creation of a sustainable innovation ecosystem as only a highly evolved ‘innovation ecosystem’ would be able to bring change to the country, increase its economic status and also the quality of life of its people.
“By creating the right environment, this ecosystem would also enable the private sector to generate the high income the country aspires. This could be done by enabling participants to work across enterprise boundaries, focus on customer value creation, respond swiftly to shifts in market demand and accelerate transition from research to market-driven production,’ added Datuk Seri Dr Maximus.
He also stressed that decision-makers in the government, on the other hand, must become conversant with innovation to enable them to formulate frameworks, regulations and policies that support innovation and not hinder its growth.
“With all these facts being discussed and lingered in our mind, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), through Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia, have decided to organize KLIF 2011 for the second consecutive year to allow high level stakeholders from the public and private sectors, together with NGOs and academia, to sit down together to share their experiences, discuss and deliberate issues and strategies on ways to create the innovation ecosystem,” he said.
High profile speakers/moderators such as Dato’ Seri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Dr Anil Gupta, Deputy Chairman of the National Innovation Foundation of India, Tan Sri Datuk Azman Mokhtar, Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Mr Ralph Kerle, Chief Executive Officer, The Creative Leadership Forum, Australia, Mr. Tony Buzan (ThinkBuzan), Inventor, Mind Maps ® Founder, Buzan World Organisation, Professor Timothy Stearns, Executive Director, Lyles Center, University of California, Fresno, USA, , Mr. Azran Othman Rani, CEO, Air Asia X Sdn Bhd and many others have been invited to speak at the two-day forum.
“Malaysia has to embrace the innovation-led economic strategy now or be left behind! Those involved should pursue market-driven innovation aggressively and all need to support the technology-driven innovation full heartedly.
“While the private sector is expected to drive the innovation initiatives, the government needs to play the risk mitigation role to assist the former’s initiatives by expanding incentives and provide grants to entrepreneurs via new venture grants or by injection of capital into new risk capital funds.
One of the key events to be organised in conjunction of KLIF 2011 would be the National Innovation Conference and Exhibition (NICE) 2011, aimed at promoting the spirit of creativity and highlighting the innovative potential of Malaysians. The event will be held concurrently with KLIF 2011 at the Tun Dr. Ismail Hall and Putra Lobby, Level 2, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur.
During the soft launch, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili received a RM1 million cheque from Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Datuk Syed Jalaludin bin Syed Salim, Chairman of Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad, the Platinum Innovation Partner of YIM for 2011, which underscores the Bank’s commitment in supporting innovation initiatives in Malaysia and also their confidence in YIM being the right organisation to develop and promote innovation particularly amongst the grassroots.
About 12 NGOs, particularly organisations for the under-privileged, also received 40 Idola 1Malaysia notebooks from the Minister during the event.
For more information on KLIF 2011, log on to http://www.yim.my/KLIF2011
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