KUALA LUMPUR: Experts say that dawn of environmental sustainability is now here. That is the message from international experts meeting in Kuala Lumpur for the Global Innovation Summit 2017 (GIS).
This year’s GIS is the 8th in a series focused on environmental sustainability. The event is organized by the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT).
The summit is expected to offer guiding principles for sustainable economies, particularly when the world is entering “a technology-driven Age of Optimization” bringing about more sustainable production, consumption and work in many manifestations and at every scale.
The program for GIS 2017 will flow through a series of topics, including how to address global transformation on manufacturing, utilizing natural resources, policy shaping, and more.
Organisers MIGHT and GFCC say they are optimistic on realising value in this summit. MIGHT is a not-for-profit organization built on the strength of public-private partnership with more than 100 members, both local and international, from industry, government and academia.
MIGHT is a platform for industry-government consensus building in the drive to advance high technology competency in Malaysia.
The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils is an international network of over sixty non-profit organizations, government agencies, universities, and companies working collaboratively to build sustained prosperity through innovation.
The GFCC develops initiatives and tools to better understand and navigate the complex competitiveness landscape and disseminates best practices
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Ian Wright posted on November 28, 2017
Well, I thought we were entering the age of additive manufacturing, but it’s the age of optimization that’s next on the docket, at least according to the Global Innovation Summit 2017. The summit was organized by the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), which has apparently been taking acronymizing lessons from NASA.
“The digital, biotechnological, nanotechnology and cognitive revolutions are colliding and converging to re-write the rules of production, consumption and work in ways we could only imagine a decade ago,” said Deborah Wince-Smith, president of the GFCC and CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. “These technologies could also answer the grand global challenges of adequate food, clean water, energy, the environment and global health.”
Although the summit itself was fairly broad in scope—touching on everything from agriculture to urban planning—manufacturing clearly plays a key role in what its participants describe as “a technology-driven Age of Optimization.” Wince-Smith’s remarks regarding digitization made this clear:
“We will have the ability to illuminate the operation of every machine and device, the cut of every blade, every movement of material and the consumption of energy minute by minute—providing insight for greater efficiency, waste reduction and lower energy consumption,” she said.
10 Principles for Fostering Sustainability Through Innovation and Competitiveness
Although these principles, formulated by the GFCC, were created with nations, regions and cities in mind, it should be clear that they can also be applied by manufacturers and other private organizations looking for a competitive edge. The essential qualifier here is sustainability, which was the theme of this year’s summit.
So, here are ten principles of competitiveness for a sustainable future:
1. Build Coalitions and Public-Private Partnerships to Drive Future and Sustainable Growth
Public and private sector collaboration is critical for scaling sustainable future production and consumption systems, as well as for developing the future workforce. Technologies, standards, regulations, investments, policies and initiatives need to be coordinated through consultation, cooperation and joint investment mechanisms.
Establishing buy-in on opportunities, challenges and common goals from government, academia, business and civil society will be critical for creating a common sustainable future.
2. Make Innovation the Centerpiece of Sustainable Growth Strategies
Innovation is a fundamental driver for sustainable production systems and a key factor for creating new businesses. To drive sustainable future growth, we need to combine STEM, business and creative capabilities; favorable regulatory regimes; advanced infrastructures; capital availability and smart finance with effective business connectors and knowledge brokers.
3. Invest in Developing Future Skills and Transitioning the Workforce to a New Economic Paradigm
The transition to future production systems will require a massive adaptation in the workforce, powered by STEM and social sciences. New skills will be needed; new jobs will emerge that do not exist today; many jobs will disappear. Government, academia, businesses and civil society will need to come together to effectively develop a future workforce that respects local cultures and values.
4. Enhance Local Capabilities and Leverage Local Assets to Build Global Competitiveness
The emergence of future sustainable production-consumption systems will primarily take place in cities and their surrounding regions. It will be essential to mobilize local actors in government, business, academia, non-profit, international organizations and financial institutions and leverage local innovation capabilities to create new sustainable technologies, businesses, jobs and production systems.
5. Implement Functional, Fast and Forward-Looking IP Regimes
New technology solutions and business models will make future production systems possible. They will emerge and deploy in places where innovators and businesses are sure they will receive rewards for their efforts. Speed is critical for IP regimes as technology and global competition continue to accelerate.
6. Bridge Technology Development and Sustainable Business Models with Infrastructure Development
Sustainable, resilient and secure physical and cyber infrastructures will be essential to address global challenges in areas such as water, energy, climate, mobility, food, housing and natural resources. Countries, regions and cities should tap into the potential of infrastructure investment as a key accelerator for sustainable technologies, businesses and production systems.
7. Scale Sustainable Technologies and Business Models via Global Markets
Future competitiveness will result from local innovation combined with global perspective and scale. Global flows of goods, capital, information and ideas will be essential for future production systems. Stakeholders should support open and transparent markets as drivers for economic growth around the world.
8. Create Sustainable Value Chains and Decouple Resource Pressures from Economic Growth
Emerging technologies open up enormous opportunities to increase the efficiency and productivity of energy and other natural resources—from minerals to water. To maximize this potential, these technologies should be combined with smart regulation and systemic business, production and urban networks concepts. This mix can help decouple economic growth from natural resources depletion, while combating biodiversity loss, desertification and land degradation.
9. Implement Regulations that Create Favorable Conditions for New Business Models and Sustainable Technologies
Efficiency, transparency and predictability are key attributes for functional and innovative business environments. A fast-paced global scenario also requires flexibility, adaptation and accelerated learning. The emergence of future production and consumption systems will require experimentation and institutional learning.
10. Turbocharge Sustainable Development Through Global Benchmarking
To compete and cooperate in building sustainable production and consumption systems, we need to track key metrics and constantly assess new solutions and practices that can be implemented globally. Learning and adapting will only be possible with systematic global engagement and benchmarking.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named Malaysia as the region’s top emerging economy in its Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2017-2018.
The report listed Malaysia as 23rd out of 137 countries in Global Competitiveness Index, improving the nation’s ranking from 25th last year, ahead of countries such as China, which was ranked 27th. Malaysia took second spot among nine ASEAN countries with Thailand ranked at (32), Indonesia (36), Brunei Darussalam (46), Vietnam (55), Philippines (56), Cambodia (94) and Laos (98).
WEF has been measuring competitiveness among countries since 1979. The annual report measures national competitiveness, which is defined as ‘the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity’. The study used 70% survey data from the United Nations and 30% data from 137 countries, and tracks the performance of the 137 countries on 12 pillars of competitiveness via the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI).
Competitiveness is increasingly interconnected with sustainability. Every nation, region and city will only be truly competitive and able to thrive if sustainability is taken into account. Beyond environmental issues, sustainability also pertains to economic performance, the capacity to attract and retain talent, and the possibility of life in the local and global scales. Bridging growth, competitiveness and sustainability will depend on new concepts, technologies and business models. In achieving this, the solution will increasingly depend on innovation.
In view of the marked importance of innovation, the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), a global network of over 50 organisations that share the principles to enhance regional, national and global prosperity, and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), a government agency that serves to advance competency in high technology towards sustainable development, are organising the fourth installment of Global Innovation Summit (GIS).
The GIS is held annually to convene global leaders of business, government, academia, civil society and global think tanks to assess the state of competitiveness and enhance innovation capacity worldwide.
Kuala Lumpur will play host to this year’s summit on 29th November until 1st December 2017, with the theme ‘The Sustainable Future of Production, Consumption and Work’, This is the first time GIS convenes in South East Asia with the previous ones held in Canada (2014), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2015), London, UK (2016).
Production, manufacturing, distribution, consumption and post-consumption processing (recycling) shall dramatically evolve in the years to come. Movement of resources, materials and goods will be digitalised. The manner we work too shall be significantly changed with the rising of automation, artificial intelligence and adoption of new processes.
This technologically advanced future is unfolding fast and nations, regions and cities need to be adequately prepared to become sustainable and reap the competitive advantage.
Environmental sustainability is increasingly intertwined with competitive economic performance. Global sustainability encompass not merely responsibility towards the planet and future generations, but upholding the sustainability spirit would also create new opportunities through sustainable business models and new technologies. These new solutions will be more efficient, i.e.: lower costs and create values, and in essence be of advantage to companies, cities and nations. In a nutshell, increased productivity leads to growth, which leads to income levels and hopefully, improved well-being.
Concentration on new coalitions and partnerships, skills development, investment in urban centres and infrastructure, more efficient resource use, smart regulation, IT protection, and benchmarking progress while scaling up in global markets are among the principles detailed by the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils.
The fundamental bedrock, though, is investing to foster national innovation — improving governance, business models and alliances, as well as new technologies. Nations that lead the world in innovation will also lead in environmental sustainability and economically.
The dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution shall bring forth transformations fuelled in large part by technology and advancement in science. From biotechnology in Asia to AI in Silicon Valley, to Blockchain and global supply chains, technologies are creating ripple effects that impact societies and their institutions and their economies. Taking stock of these new technologies as well as their disruption potential is critical for all nations and especially developing economies like Malaysia.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced a National Transformation aspiration – ‘to become the Top 20 Nation in the world by 2050’ (TN50). In line with this aspiration, the nation actively discusses and map TN50 as per the future it desires. GIS 2017 accords the perfect platform to learn in depth and consider the challenges posed and opportunities available in moving forward.
The programme for GIS 2017 will flow through a series of topics, including how global transformations will shape our future; how we will make, build, assemble and yield things;
how we are going to supply the goods needed by humanity; how we will work and live in a sustainable way; how to “turbocharge” natural resources value, and the policy mix needed for future production.
Among the prominent speakers at the GIS 2017 are Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and Joint Chairman of MIGHT; Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President GFCC, and President and CEO of US Council on Competitiveness; Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ir Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, Chairman, UEM Group Berhad; Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc, and Chairman, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils.
“Malaysia perlu mewujudkan sebuah ekonomi yang berasaskan kemahiran. Kita menggerakan S2A dan meletakkan peranan sains dalam pembangunan sosio ekonomi rakyat dengan memberikan penekanan kepada tiga teras utama yang merupakan tuggak utama hala sains negara” seterusnya… (more…)
Serdang: Guru perlu kreatif dalam sesi pengajaran dan pembelajaran (PdP) di dalam kelas bagi mewujudkan generasi muda meminati bidang sains, teknologi, kejuruteraan dan matematik (STEM) sekali gus merealisasikan Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50).
Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Nancy Shukri berkata, pendidikan STEM membentuk pemikiran kritis dan inovasi berikutan bidang itu diiktiraf sebagai teras utama pembangunan negara dengan peratusan pelajar yang cenderung kepada bidang STEM nisbah 60:40.
“Guru yang kreatif dapat menggalakkan murid celik Sains dan membolehkan pembentukan pemikiran inovasi di peringkat sekolah rendah.
“Pentingnya guru untuk kreatif bukan saja terhad di dalam kelas atau luar dapat mendorong minat murid untuk mempelajari Matematik dan Sains yang menjadi pengetahuan asas pendidikan STEM,” katanya selepas merasmikan Pesta Sains dan Kejuruteraan Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KLESF 2017), di Pusat Konvensyen dan Pameran Antarabangsa Mines (MIECC), di sini, semalam.
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12 August, Samarahan – Around 400 students from 14 schools participated in the KLESF Mobile Workshop: Sarawak Chapter (KMWSC) held today at SMK Kota Samarahan. It is an extension of Kuala Lumpur Engineering and Science Fair (KLESF), an annual event held in the national capital since 2014 to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) amongst schoolchildren and youths. KLESF and its programmes come under the aegis of the national agenda – Science to Action (S2A), which was launched by YAB Prime Minister in 2013.
This event was jointly-organised by Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology Malaysia (MIGHT), Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) and Sarawak Department of Education (JPN Sarawak).
KMWSC was officiated by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and the minister in charge of MIGHT, YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri. Also in attendance were: the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and Joint Chairman MIGHT, Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, President and Chief Executive Officer of MIGHT, Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, Deputy Director General of Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia, Dato’ Sulaiman Wak, President of ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET) and Chairman KLESF, Ir Datuk Hong Lee Pee, Deputy Samarahan District Education Officer, En Abdul Latif bin Bujang and Principal of SMK Kota Samarahan, the host of KLESF Sarawak Chapter, En. Bujang Awang Jamain.
YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri said in her officiation speech, “In tandem with the nation’s aspiration to become a developed country and the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP) to transform the education system, the responsibility to instill awareness on the importance of STEM has to be shouldered by not only the government, but also by the private sectors, parents and the community.”
She added further, “This is where KLESF programme plays a role in bringing together the government, industries, parents, young scientists and the community to work together to support the efforts in encouraging learning and career opportunites in STEM related fields amongst schoolchildren, while creating a network amongst all involved to share information and experiences in projects and extra-curricular activities involving STEM.”
KMWSC aim is in tandem with that of the KLESF’s – to inculcate interest and impress the importance of STEM in the target audience. Thus, it is with these objectives that the workshop programmes were designed to be STEM hands-on, so as to immersed the participants in the activities. Amongst the programmes listed were Fun Photo, Introduction to Arduino, Hello from Raspberry Pi, Paper Rockets and Lab Race.
Various STEM content providers which includes agencies and academic bodies were involved in KMWSC such as Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Management and Science University College (MSU), Malaysian Meteorological Department (Metmsia), Politeknik Kuching, Sunway University, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM).
In addition to the above, Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid also conducted a special session – In conversation with the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister ‘Why I Choose to be a Scientist’; to share his wealth of experience with the schoolchildren.
Samarahan is envisioned to be Sarawak’s center of education and research. In line with its aspiration to be an education hub, several universities, learning institutes, and other educational spots are already located within the vicinity as it moves towards becoming the focal point of education excellence. It is thus that Samarahan has been chosen as the venue for this third episode of KMW.
2 KMW was previously held in Teluk Intan, Perak and Sungai Besar, Selangor, involving 19 schools and over 1300 students.