Penang has won the hosting rights for the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), taking place from September 13-16, 2020.
WCIT2020 is expected to attract 4,000 visionaries, government leaders and academics from more than 80 countries. The theme will be Connecting the World with The Promise of Technology for a Better World.
Organised by the National ICT Association of Malaysia and enabled by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, the event will include discussions of legal, political and economic trends affecting IT business processes, presentations of innovative solutions, and B2B meetings.
Speakers of WCIT over the years have included Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, Bill Clinton, Don Tapscott, Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, John Chambers, Nicholas Negroponte and Colin Powell.
This is the second time the conference, a signature event of the World of IT and Services Alliances (WITSA) since 1978, will be held in Malaysia. It was first held in Kuala Lumpur in 2008.
The Kuala Lumpur WCIT2008 secured a total sales and investments worth RM8.3 billion (US$2 billion), and created more than 20,000 jobs. About 800 business meetings were held over the course of the event, capturing over RM1.2 billion worth of business opportunities for the Malaysian ICT industry.