Cambodia’s First Digital Technology Conference and Exhibition

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Posted on: March 26, 2019 | Cambodia

Daily crowds of over ten thousand energized digital technology professionals and enthusiasts from across Southeast Asia, Asia, Europe, and North America, gathered this weekend to experience firsthand the excitement surrounding Digital Cambodia 2019, “toward Industry 4.0”, Cambodia’s first digital technology conference

The crowds throughout each day of the three-day-long conference remained strong, with representatives from local and regional businesses, high-level government officers, higher education institutions, nonprofits, as well as students from local high schools present.

The event was hosted by the National Institute of Telecommunications, Information and Communication Technology (NIPTICT), and featured over 100 speakers, panel discussions led by 10 ASEAN Telecom and ICT Ministers and Senior Officers, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), prominent figures and subject matter experts on critical digital technology topics, over 150 exhibitors, and a large gaming stage, which attracted a large number of skilled gaming competitors and spectators fixated on the action.

The Conference was presided over by H.E. Dr. AUN Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Economy and Finance. Speaker and panel participants indeed included high ranking Cambodian government officials such as H.E. Dr. CHAM Prasidh, Senior Minister, Minister of Industry and Handicraft, H.E. TRAM Iv Tek, Minister of Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPTC); H.E. PAN Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, H.E. VONGSEY Visoth, Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance, H.E. KONG Vibol,  Delegate of the Royal Government in Charge of General Department of Taxation, and H.E. YOUK Bunna, Secretary of State, Ministry of Civil Service.  Also represented were government officials from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.  Among the impressive speakers from the private sector, each having a depth of knowledge in digital technologies, included Mr. David LI, CEO of Huawei Cambodia; Dr. Susan AMAT, Vice-President, Executive Director, Global Entrepreneurship Network’s GEN Accelerates; and Dr. Chawapol JARIYAWIROJ, Country Manager for Amazon Web Services, Thailand.  Other prominent speakers and panel participants included representatives from banks, Fintech, institutions of higher education, and international organizations

Digital Cambodia 2019 serves five primary goals, which include to:
1) establish a national platform to showcase Cambodia as an attractive destination for investment in digital and information technology;
2) encourage new digital technology startups, promote entrepreneurship and digital innovation;
3) exchange experiences, discuss trends and challenges in the technology sector, and what problems can be solved through digital technology;
4) discuss progress of the development of policies, legal framework, and education under which Cambodia’s digital economy may thrive; and
5) allow entrepreneurs and startups to develop their network, and meet with potential funding companies.  Its ultimate goal is to prepare Cambodia for a digital economy, and to demonstrate the growth potential of digital technology.

The Conference was presided over by H.E. Dr. AUN Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Economy and Finance Photo: Digital Cambodia

His Excellency Dr. KAN Channmeta, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, who has played a central role in helping to create Digital Cambodia 2019 said, “Part of Cambodia’s top strategic economic initiatives, stipulated in the Rectangular Strategy, phase IV under the Sixth mandate of the Royal Government of Cambodia and in the Industry Development Policy 2025, are to better integrate into the regional and international economy, pivot toward a more diverse industrial base that supports long-term sustainable growth one hand, and is also attractive to investors interested in digital ventures and opportunities.  Judging by the success and momentum this event generated, I am confident we will achieve our goals.  In Cambodia, we have concrete measures underway to expand the telecommunications infrastructure across the country, and strengthen the quality and reliability of telecommunications systems and services.  In addition, we are taking measures to ensure that the policy and legal framework that governs telecommunications systems and services allows digital technology to capitalize on investment opportunities, and efficiently and effectively deploy capital to high potential projects.”

Along with NIPTICT, the event is supported by Capacity building and Research and Development Fund (CBRD Fund) in Telecom and ICT sector, on the one hand. On the other hand, supporting governmental organizations include the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts, Ministry of Commerce, and the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.  The supporting private sector organizations include Smart Axiata and Metfone, Cambodia’s largest telecommunications providers respectfully, Huawei Technology (Cambodia), and CFOCN, and is co-organized by Sabay Digital Corporation and Two Way Public Relations, two of Cambodia’s leading events management and public relations firms.

In addition, sponsorship support is provided by Cellcard, UnionPay, TrueMoney, EZECOM, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Smart City Consortium, PPC Bank, Wing Specialized Bank, Payon, Mobile C&C, Kilat Events, among others.

For more information about the event, visit Digital Cambodia or Facebook at OfficialDigitalCambodia

About Digital Cambodia

Digital Cambodia 2019 brings the brightest and most innovative minds in digital technology to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for three exciting days filled with thought leadership, insights, and practical solutions. Internationally renowned leaders, innovators and visionaries from business, government, and academia will gather to discuss and showcase recent trends and developments in the digital technology sphere and provide their thoughts and perspective on challenges facing the global and local information technology and communications industry.

About NIPTICT

NIPTICT is the 1st specialized ICT research and training institution in Cambodia, established by Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia. Currently provided bachelor degree in e-Commerce, Telecoms and Computer Science, a high demand skill for job in Digital Economy and Industrial 4.0 era.

For more information, please contact: Chum Mollika, Phone: (+855) 78 603 634 | Email: mollika@twowaypr.com