Official trip to Mexico: OECD Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy

The OECD Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy had concluded yesterday. Ministers and stakeholders from both OECD and non-OECD countries gathered to discuss how we could upgrade the skills and jobs in the labour market to maximize the impact of Digital Economy, increase internet access to ensure inclusion, reviewing policies that facilitate innovation and that sustain productivity.

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I was invited to speak on a panel on “Tomorrow’s Internet of Things”.

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Lunch meeting with Dr Elias Micha Zaga (third from right), Coordinator of STI in the Mexican President’s Office, and Mr. Guillermo Fernandez (fourth) and Ivan Zavala (sixth) from U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science. 

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Closed session for Ministers.

Internet of Things (IoT) may soon be a commonplace with a predicted 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Malaysia recognizes the opportunities in IoT technology and is one of nine countries in the world to have developed a “National Internet of Things Strategic Roadmap”.

Malaysia has launched several pilot initiatives deploying IoT in the areas of Public Safety, Communities, Agriculture, Transport, Manufacturing and Healthcare Services.

However to fully seize the benefits Digital Economy, we need to first raise awareness about its economic potential and reinforce end users’ trust in the Internet.

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Pictures caption:

Top: At the Ministerial gala dinner, where I had a very good discussion with the Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transport Mr Gerardo Ruiz Esparza.
Bottom left: With Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Mr Navdeep Singh Bains.
Bottom right: Greeted the Indonesian Minister of Communication and IT, Mr Rudiantara.

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Presenting a Malaysian souvenir to the host, Mexican Secretary of Economy, Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal at the outset of the OECD Ministerial Meeting. We thanked them for their warm hospitality here in Cancun, Mexico.

 

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Wishing my friend Victor, Secretary of State for Telecommunication and Information Society, Spain , in his bid to be reelected on Monday 27th June. 

 

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