Only 8 days left till the application process for the Cambodia ICT Awards (CICTA) closes! Just to refresh your memory, CICTA is an annual national awards program, where only the most exceptional individuals, governments, and private organisations who have greatly assisted in the advancement of Cambodia’s Information and Communication Technology industry will be awarded.
In our previous article, we gave you the timeline of the awards program, where we also mentioned the final selection and award ceremony. The date for this ceremony has been pushed forward to June 25th. We also wrote about the different categories of awards that CICTA offers, including the public sector, private sector, corporate social responsibility, digital content, start-up company, as well as research and development.
The application process is really simple; all you need do is complete these 3 steps:
- Go to www.cambodiaictaward.com
- Click on “HOW TO APPLY” and fill up the application form
- Submit a 5 minutes video via YouTube about your company or product (remember to include the YouTube link in the application form!)
The top 3 winners will receive USD$1000, USD$500, and USD$300 respectively. Additionally, they will even be given the chance to run for the highly coveted international Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) or the ASEAN ICT Awards (AICTA)!
In terms of eligibility, companies that are eligible for nomination must meet the following rules:
- The company must be locally registered in Cambodia, OR
- The company can be a 100% local company in Cambodia
- In the case of joint ventures (JVs) between a local and a foreign company outside of Cambodia, it doesn’t matter if the JV company is registered in or outside of Cambodia, as long as the shareholders in Cambodia hold at least 51% of the shares.
Products that are eligible for nomination must meet the following rules:
- The product’s Intellectual Property (IP) rights must be owned by a company that meets the company eligibility criteria, OR
- The product’s IP rights are owned by an offshore parent of the local company, where majority of the shares must be in the local company
- At least 51% of the product’s development efforts, including research and development as well as design, must have been done in Cambodia
Additionally, Geeks in Cambodia sat down with Ms Botum Rangsay, the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, in order to provide you with the latest insights on CICTA.
(This interview has been edited for flow and clarity.)
How did the Cambodia ICT Awards event come about?
The Cambodia ICT Awards came about in 2014, after the ASEAN ICT Awards (AICTA) took place. In order to promote cooperation between the government, private sectors, and other institutions, CICTA was adopted by an officer from the ASEAN telecommunications (ASEAN TELMIN).
Why did you decide to create this award?
The objective of CICTA is to acknowledge and promote the best accomplishments achieved by ICT entrepreneurs in Cambodia / ASEAN.
The first AICTA was held in 2012, and has been going on every year for 3 years now. In 2014, Cambodia sent its first candidate to participate in AICTA. Our representatives – Osja Studio, which is the first Cambodian game development studio – did the Kingdom proud by winning the gold medal for the “Start-up” category.
Seeing how important this competition is in promoting the ICT sector, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications decided to make CICTA happen. The CICTA program will provide ICT sectors in Cambodia with many opportunities.
Integrating ASEAN both globally and regionally has become one of the main factors in promoting ICT as a major role in connecting people’s lives, culture, and economics. In the form of a regional framework, we are working towards the integration of ASEAN in 2015 that will indicate the growth of the ICT sector – we will see the increase of mobile phone usage, and how the Internet will become more highly required in the ICT sector because of the development of e-commerce and e-public services.
What are your opinions about the challenges and opportunities of the ICT scene in Cambodia?
There are a few challenges that we have faced, such as finding capable small and medium-sized entrepreneurs (SMEs) in Cambodia. This in turn makes it difficult to get benefits from the economic scale. Most of the SMEs in the Kingdom are still small, and lack competitiveness. Their level of development is not also not very high, and all these points lead up to the challenge of expanding the ICT business in Cambodia. Thus, CICTA is just a start to promote the development of Human Resources and innovate the ICT sector in Cambodia.
What do you think the digital trends (Internet, Mobile…) for Cambodia could be like in the future? For example, based on the latest numbers that we have featured on our Digital Trends in Cambodia article, how do you foresee the evolution?
As remarkable as it may seem, according to data collected from the ministry, one third of Cambodians are currently active users on the Internet! This is because the government has built an effective telecommunications infrastructure for people to connect online. Moreover, out of the 3.8 million people who are active Internet users, approximately 2.4 million of them are active social media users on various platforms including Facebook and Instagram. According to estimation, this number will increase in the next five years. There will also be many more online activities such as e-services, e-commerce, e-education, and e-health.
The master plan of the ICT sector indicates the direction in which we should boost the development of the ICT sector. The increase of Internet use in the future will come from these two factors:
- The increased network between machines that provide transportation support that will be accommodated for business policies
- The management of a new transportation project supported in agreement with the Japanese.
In the meantime, we also see other potential areas where ICT can play a major role in connecting people with other services / activities. These include health and energy services. Also, there are definitely many other factors that can help improve the ICT sector in Cambodia.
If you’re still unclear about anything / have any questions, feel free to check out CICTA’s official website here.
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to win one of the most coveted awards in Cambodia’s ICT sector! It’s still not too late to apply; the application deadline has been pushed forward to June 5th!