Other GSIAC initiatives involve building human capacity and public research assets, "Digital Malaysia," and the demonstration of efficient, high-tech model "Smart Communities," in which an integrated system of information and other technologies help maximize efficiency in Malaysian healthcare, education, transportation and energy use. The Academy has agreed to leverage its extensive network of world-leading experts in "Smart Communities" to develop a detailed technological framework for pilot projects.
Heading the GSIAC Secretariat is Ellis Rubinstein, Academy President and Chief Executive Officer, and Zakri Abdul Hamid (Dr. A.H. Zakri), Science Advisor to Prime Minister of Malaysia, and co-chair of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group on High Technology (MIGHT).
Says Mr. Rubinstein: "The GSIAC, in just one year, has catalyzed an alliance among competitors in the palm oil industry, a cornerstone of Malaysia's economy. This has taken an entire industry to the very tipping point of a massive economic transformation for the nation.
"We have set the stage for establishing a multi-sector, multi-application, integrated Smart Communities pilot project that could transform the services available to its citizenry while creating thousands of jobs. And, the GSIAC has embarked on an unprecedented alliance to improve education at every level from 'Cradle to Career.'
"The GSIAC a truly unique and visionary creation. Nowhere else have we seen such a holistic approach, well integrated with the private sector, being taken up by a national government."
Says Prof. Zakri: "GSIAC has provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to advance our local capacities in both scale and effectiveness. Thanks to the New York Academy of Sciences, we have a chance to work with a partnership of many of the world's leading multinational companies usually competitors but, for us, coming together a
|Contact: Terry Collins|
Malaysian Industry‑Government Group for High Technology