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WCIT 2017: Experience ”The Heart of Asia and Smart Island—Taiwan” and Realize Digital Dream

October 19, 2017 MICE No Comments Email Email

The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) is the most influential technology feast in the world. The 21st Congress was held for three days beginning on September 11. The opening ceremony was attended by President Tsai Ing-Wen, Minister of State Tsung-Tsong Wu from the Executive Yuan, Minister of Economic Affairs Jong-Chin Shen, Taipei Mayor Ke Wenzhe, and WITSA President Yvonne Chiu, joined by approximately 3,000 guests from 80 countries to explore new digital trends for the next era.

The three-day conference was filled with excitement. Besides corresponding with the central government’s 5+2 Industry Innovation Policy, WCIT included comprehensive developmental aspects of the next generation of digitization. The Digital Dream Exhibition, held for four consecutive days starting on September 10, also demonstrated the R&D strength of Taiwan’s industry and academia, as well as the latest developments.

In her speech at the opening ceremony, President Tsai Ing-Wen stated that “digital commerce is key to industry development and enhancement in every country, as well as a life line for enhancing our international competitiveness. Not only does digitization enable us to connect with the world, it also transcends political barriers and geographical constraints, as well as barriers between public and private sectors, and industry and academia”.

Taiwan has already transformed from a strong computer OEM country to a country competent in IT and digital applications, forming a new national image as a digital country, hence the Congress theme of Heart of Asia and Smart Island—Taiwan! President Tsai encouraged citizens and representatives from industry, government, and academia of every country to proactively communicate with each other while at WCIT 2017, and through its relevant meetings and activities. The International Leaders Forum discussed the best digital solutions to global issues such as ageing population, energy shortage, environmental pollution, social security, and urban-rural gap. The President also encouraged everyone to establish partnership platforms through technological diplomacy, and mutually develop “new business models for digital countries”.

Riding the wave of digital commerce in Asia, WITSA (World Information Technology and Services Alliance) plans to meet in Asia for the next five years. An office will be established in Taiwan, making Taiwan the first stop in Asia of their digital journey.

WCIT 2017 was guided by the Board of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan, while the Ministry of Economic Affairs and WITSA co-chaired the event. It was the first cross-sector, collaborative effort to upgrade and transform Taiwan’s industry involving various governmental departments, businesses, and enterprises.

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