The merger between the ICT Business Association (ICTBA) and Cambodia IT Association (CITA) to form the ICT Federation (ICTF) happened last Thursday at Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. The event saw the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MPTC) Secretary of State, H.E Kan Chanmeta, chair the group, effectively representing the upcoming ICT sector in Cambodia.
With more than 100 participants from both local and international technology companies in attendance, the ICTF’s official launch promoted the various interests of its members, encouraging them to work together with parties from both the government and the private sector.
In his opening statement, H.E Kan Chanmeta welcomed all participants before unveiling the plan for the ICT industry from 2014 to 2020 in five stages:
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“To get ready for the Asian regional integration happening in 2015, we need ICT skills to attract investors. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication cannot work alone to reach the target, so we need all stakeholders from both the government and the private sector to take part in ICT,” he said.
Mr. Siphana Sok, a prominent lawyer and politician, then spoke about the growing need for investors in Asia. He explained that investors tend to look for countries that have good infrastructure and the connectivity to ICT to start their ventures. As a major player in this area, the ICTF seeks to provide the IT infrastructure support that investors can trust in.
Mr. Siphana also stated that the upcoming Asian regional integration would see the country go beyond Cambodia’s current market of 14 million people to target the entire Asian market.
The CEO of SOMA Group and the Chairman of ICTF, Mr. Sok Puthyvoth, also said that the ICT sector is still a small community that continues to show a lot of potential. He hopes that companies and other IT experts can use the ICTF as a platform to grow the community and realise their vision.
Mr. Pily Wong, CEO of MDP Cambodia and Vice Chairman of ICTF, said that IT development would help improve the lives of people everywhere, from villages to cities. Technology is becoming a key component of change, particularly in agriculture, he noted. He hopes that one day a business sector comparable to Silicon Valley will reach Cambodia.
At the end of session, the members of ICTF took photographs together to commemorate the day.
At the root of it all, the ICTF will play a major role in the ICT sector in Cambodia, and act as one voice for both the government and the private sector to collaborate together as an ecosystem. The nation will be working together to promote the market on an international scale, thus advancing Cambodia to the digital age.
Author : Rattana Keo