1st MAJECA-JAMECA Webinar on Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digitalisation held on 22 October 2020 Via Zoom Hosted by JAMECA

The 1st MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Webinar was held on 22 October 2020 over Zoom, in lieu of the postponed physical meeting for the 38th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference due to the COVID19 pandemic.  120 participants representing MAJECA and JAMECA members, government officials, industry leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs joined the webinar.

MAJECA-JAMECA Webinar on Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digitalisation on Thursday, 22 October 2020 from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm (Malaysian time)

2.00 pm – 2.10 pm

Webinar starts.

Welcome address:

  • Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, JAMECA
  • Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA

2.10 pm – 2.20 pm

Digital Malaysia – Mr Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) – status, incentives, programmes, successful digitalization efforts.

2.20 pm – 2.30 pm

Malaysia Lighthouse Project – Mr Norhizam Ibrahim, Director, Advanced Technology and Research & Development Division, MIDA 

2.30 pm – 2.40 pm

Asia Digital Transformation (ADX) Program – Ms. Mai Onozawa, Managing Director, JETRO Kuala Lumpur.

Presentations by Japanese & Malaysian companies.

Moderator:   Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Hon. Secretary, MAJECA

2.40 pm – 2.50 pm

1. Toy Eight Holdings Co (Japan) – Mr Masaki Ishibashi, Founder, CEO.

Japan’s experiential edutainment playground, backed by AI technology that was developed by ex-MIT researchers, creative directors and educators with the premise that all children are born with talent. The programme seeks to uncover their natural-born talent and maximize their learning.

2.50 pm – 3.00 pm

2. SmartDrive Inc (Japan) – Mr Retsu Kitagawa, CEO

SmartDrive has developed a unique vertically integrated business from mobility data sensors to mobility data utilization and service development, all based on its mobility data platform which is open and connected to customers and partners around the world.

3.00 pm – 3.10 pm

3. iPay88 Malaysia – Mr Hiroshi Saito, Director

iPay88 Holdings Sdn Bhd is ASEAN’s leading payment company. Since 2006, iPay88 has successfully provided e-commerce and online payment services to more than 15,000 merchants regionally and globally. In 2015, NTT DATA, a Japanese system integration company, acquired iPay88. 

As one of the global innovators, NTT DATA has been striving to establish a framework through which it can provide its diverse services worldwide, and support its customers’ needs. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, iPay88 has presence in Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and more recently in Bangladesh. iPay88 also has presence in Hong Kong, China and Japan through its collaboration with NTT Data. iPay88 currently engages over 230 professionals across its offices. Backed by strong partnerships with over 100 local and international financial institutions, our state-of-the-art payment solutions have assisted and built up thousands of successful entrepreneurs in the e-commerce and m-commerce space

3.10 pm – 3.20 pm

4. Medini Iskandar Malaysia – Mr Shafique Iqbal, Vice-President, Strategic Marketing, Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Incorporated in 2007, Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM) is the master developer of 2,230-acres of land in a thriving urban township located in the southern tip of Johor; a township that is envisaged to become the central business district of Iskandar Puteri. Since its inception, MIM has undergone a continuous evolution. The company began as a master planner and infrastructure manager, niche developer focusing on commercial offices and providing value-added township management services as well as becoming the front-runner in the development of a smart and sustainable city.

3.20 pm – 3.30 pm

5. JF Technology Berhad – Mr Dillon Atma Singh, Chief Executive Officer

JF Technology Berhad designs, develops and provides high performance test interface solutions to its global customers for Semiconductor Integrated Circuits (IC) test. JF Technology is one of the leading Patents and Intellectual Property (IP) owner in its technology solutions which are used to test a wide variety of IC applications that includes 5G, Internet of Things (IOT), Automotive, Consumer Electronics and others. 

3.30 pm – 3.55 pm


3.55 pm – 4.00 pm

Closing remarks by JAMECA and MAJECA

MAJECA and JAMECA had been focused on promoting the Innovative Technologies Sectors over the past few years. Industry 4.0 (IR4.0) had led to the introduction of systems that are capable of independently creating algorithms and processing data that guide business decisions. Such advancements in technology are actively disrupting and impacting business operations in every field.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had prioritised and accelerated the pace of adoption of these technologies by businesses of all sizes to remain competitive. In lieu of this, businesses have had to, and are called to adapt, to remain competitive and sustainable in this changing climate.

Taking cognizance that businesses need to adopt market-driven technological innovations to be able to compete effectively in the global marketplace, MAJECA, together with its counterpart, JAMECA, was privileged to collaborate with Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) to organise this webinar.

Continuing with the momentum generated by last year’s 37th Joint Conference and cognisant of the need to continue the efforts to facilitate the ever-important bilateral economic ties with Japan, particularly in the digital sector, the theme of the virtual conference focused on “Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digitalisation”.

MAJECA was led by its Vice President, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, while JAMECA was led by Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, who both gave their welcome address. Mr Hanyu of JAMECA served as the master of ceremonies for the webinar. H.E. Hiroshi Oka, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia and the Japan Embassy’s Economic Counselor, Mr Nakagawa also participated in this webinar.

Welcome Address by Representatives of MAJECA and JAMECA

Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, JAMECA, giving his Welcome Address

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, giving his Welcome Address

The first part of the webinar began with presentations by three role players in facilitating Malaysia-Japan collaboration from the policy standpoint. This session was made possible by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Kuala Lumpur.

Topics and presenters:

1) Digital Malaysia

Mr Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

2) Malaysia Lighthouse Project

Mr Norhizam Ibrahim, Director, Advanced Technology and Research & Development Division, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

3) Asia Digital Transformation (ADX) Project

Ms Mai Onozawa,  Managing Director, JETRO Kuala Lumpur

The second part of the Webinar moderated by MAJECA’s Hon. Secretary, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng proceeded with presentations by two (2) Japanese & three (3) Malaysian companies sharing their digitalisation insights.

Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng introducing the speakers

Topics and presenters:

1) Toy Eight Holdings Co

Mr Masaki Ishibashi, Founder, CEO

2) SmartDrive Inc

Mr Retsu Kitagawa, CEO

3) iPay88 Malaysia

Mr Hiroshi Saito, Director

4) Medini Iskandar Malaysia

Mr Shafique Iqbal, Vice-President, Strategic Marketing

5) JF Technology Berhad

Mr Dillon Atma Singh, CEO

The webinar proceeded with a Q & A session moderated by Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Hon. Secretary, MAJECA.

The webinar closed with remarks by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President, MAJECA, and Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, JAMECA.

Group Photo of Speakers (from top left, clockwise) Mr Retsu Kitagawa, Mr Masaki Ishibashi, Mr Dillon Atma Singh, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Mr Norhizam Ibrahim, Mr Shafique Iqbal, Mr Hiroshi Saito, Mr Hew Wee Choong

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