KUALA LUMPUR, 7 October 2016 – Green technology for economic and environmental sustainability and resilience has been identified as a significant sector in Malaysia. The Eleventh Malaysia Plan 2016-2020 focuses on green growth and highlighted the need to increase the rate of renewable energy adoption, encourage low carbon mobility, smart cities and others.
Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP), a program under the Science to Action (S2A) Initiative supports the greening of the future through entrepreneurial and innovation approach. This programme has generated significant business opportunities for Malaysians by capturing a slice of the $1.6 trillion market opportunity in clean technology. These businesses created jobs especially for those in the rural areas. The GCIP helps to facilitate entrepreneurship and innovation in four technology categories namely; renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste-to-wealth and water efficiency. GCIP Malaysia is a collaboration between MIGHT, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
In conjunction with International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM), MIGHT hosted a networking session branded as In-GREEN-D’Ent at MIGHT’s pavilion (booth 5422, Hall 5). In-GREEN-D’Ent is the finesse to GCIP program, a platform for networking and knowledge exchange among the current and past GCIP participants, and interaction with VCs and technology companies. Around 100 GCIP alumnus attended In-GREEN-D’Ent together with other 50 partner corporations, ministry and government agencies, industry players, investors and academia. It was officiated by the President and Chief Executive Officer of MIGHT, Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman.
Prior to In-GREEN-D’Ent, series of nurturing and enrichment sessions for participants were conducted through webinars, training, mentoring sessions conducted by both local and international business coaches and specialist/experts, including those from United States of America (USA). The programme also offers a special webinar session with a Coca-Cola representatives in technology scouting of the potential application in the beverage and drink Industry.
Top 10 finalists out of 25 organisations were announced during the session. The 10 finalist are Maeko, Yjack, Greenovations, IGL Coatings, Suncrox Solar, ICEE International, Ecoloo, Logikation, Neutrinos and Syngas. This 10 finalist will go through another round of pitching where the Top 3 winners will be selected to represent Malaysia at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Francisco in February 2017. The top 3 winners including the National Champion of the GCIP2016 program will be announced on 15th November 2016 during the GCIP Gala Award Ceremony.
Datuk Dr Yusoff said that the GCIP program has trained and nurtured about 200 entrepreneurs in the Clean technology segment. These entrepreneurs have successfully developed their ideas into products and are able to package them for the market. Clean technology offers unlimited opportunities, especially for young technopreneurs. He said, “We are thankful for the support given by KETTHA, NRE, MGTC, MOSTI, MOHE, MARA, SMECorp, Cradle, UNIDO, CTO, MAGIC and supporting ministries and agencies in helping us to implement this program successfully and develop a unique eco-system for clean technology and entrepreneurial development. We are also thankful to the highly motivated participants, dedicated trainers and untiring project management team, without which this program could not have been success, It is the hope of MIGHT that this program will be expanded to the ASEAN platform that will increase the pool of would-be entrepreneurs, financing institutions eager to invest in the products development and exposure to the 7th largest market in the world consisting of 620 million people.
The Global Competitiveness Report is an annual report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) based on the Global Competitiveness Index that combines 114 indicators that integrate both macro and micro economic aspects of competitiveness.
These indicators are grouped into 12 pillars comprising Institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labour market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication and innovation.
Malaysia has been ranked 25th out of 138 economies, down from 18th last year, with its performance score down from 5.23 to 5.16 out of a maximum of seven. In the report, Malaysia remains ahead of economies such as South Korea, Iceland and China, but was overtaken by Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Australia, Ireland and Israel. Meanwhile, countries and territories that also slipped in their rankings included Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Finland, Canada, France, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Compared to last year, out of the 12 pillars, Malaysia has slipped down in the Health and Primary education, Higher education and training, Business sophistication, Labour market efficiency, Financial market development, Institutions, Market size and Innovation.
The most affected is the 4th pillar – Health and Primary Education. If we analysed in detail the 4th pillar- Health and Primary Education, the main downside is the Primary Education enrolment rate (down 36 points), followed by HIV prevalence percentage of adult population (down 11 points), Life expectancy years (down 9 points), Quality of primary education (down 8 points), Tuberculosis incidence cases per 100,000 pop. (down 3 points) and lastly Business impact of HIV aids.
The second most affected is the 5th pillar – Higher Education and Training. The main weakness is the Secondary education enrolment rate gross % (down 16 points), Quality of math and science education (down 7 points), Quality of the education system (down 6 points) , Extent of staff training (down 6 points), Local availability of specialised training services (down 5 points) and Quality of management schools (down 3 points).
The third most affected is the 11th Pillar – Business Sophistication. The main weakness in this pillar is the Control of international distribution, the value chain breadth, the state of cluster development, Local supplier quantity, Production process sophistication, Extent of marketing, Local supplier quality and nature of competitive advantage.
Zakri Abdul Hamid is science advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, serves on the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board, and on the Governing Council of a new UN Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries. He co-chairs Malaysia’s Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council, and was the founding Chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
– Given the enormity of the challenges confronting humanity, the world’s investment in science, technology and innovation is woefully inadequate.
In 2014, we had been asked to take stock of global challenges and provide recommendations related to science, technology and innovation (STI) that would enlighten the work and decisions of the United Nations.That was a key message I helped deliver Sunday September 18 to Ban Ki-moon in a summary report of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board — a group of two dozen scientists from around the world who met with Mr. Ban for one final meeting in New York before he steps down December 31.
And, at the end of our mission, the SAB’s labelled science an essential component – in many cases the bedrock – of an effective strategy for policy and decision-making that deserves to be valued more highly and used effectively at all levels and at three crucial phases: understanding the problems, formulating policies, and ensuring that those policies are implemented effectively. “Science,” the report says, “makes policy out of brick, not straw.”
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MIGHT hosts a study visit by delegation from ISTIC-KISTEP S&T Innovation Training Program for High Level Policy Makers @ DreamEDGE
29 Sept 2016: MIGHT hosts a study visit by delegation from ISTIC-KISTEP S&T Innovation Training Program for High Level Policy Makers, comprising of high level policy makers in STI from developing countries i.e. Pakistan, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq, Cambodia, Eygpt, Myanmar, Oman, Senegal, the Philippines etc.
We have also showcased DreamEDGE Sdn Bhd and its cutting edge engineering solutions and always at the forefront of innovation with their various innovation product being introduced by the company. Their list of clientele includes Automotive giants like Nissan, Honda & Proton proves the quality of services that they offer.
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