Summary of Discussions from Asia IoT Business Platform 2019, Singapore

Asia IoT Business Platform hosted 2019 launchpad regional event in Singapore on 15 January 2019, gathering government representatives and key enterprises from Southeast Asia. The gathering was kick-started by the keynote panel discussion where the government representatives shared the latest development including regulations and government initiatives to accelerate digitalization across verticals in their own countries. These are the government representatives in the keynote panel discussion:

  • Dr. Ismail MT, Director General, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Indonesia
  • Dr Monsak Socharoentum, Director, IoT & Digital Innovation Institute, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa), Thailand
  • Emmy Delfin, Director, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Philippines
  • Dr. Karl Ng, Director Data Economy, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Nguyen Thuy Anh, Head of Digital Economy Innovation, Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT), Vietnam

MCIT Indonesia shared the latest development on the IoT regulation including the spectrum allocations for both licensed and unlicensed connectivity networks which Dr. Ismail believes, would be crucial for further development of IoT in Indonesia. Thailand’s depa updated us on the progress of the progress of Digital Park Thailand which will serve as a platform to grow digital ecosystem in Thailand. Both MIT Vietnam and MDEC presented the development of the digital economy in their countries and key initiatives to boost digital economy’s contribution to GDP – Malaysia aims to have 20% of their GDP in 2020 to be contributed from the digital economy sector. DICT Philippines shared their efforts to accelerate digitisation through network infrastructure projects, introduction of third telco and upgrading program for business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines.

This keynote panel discussion was followed by presentations by ASEAN Enterprise Innovation Award finalists who had come from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia – they are the 2018 award winners in their respective countries.

Ananda Development (Thailand) presented the utilisation of artificial intelligence and data analytics as part of their end-to-end business processes including pre-construction, construction and after sales. FGV Holdings Berhad (Malaysia) shared on how they use business intelligence technology as part of their Enterprise Risk Management System to map out and mitigate risks in the agricultural sector. Bank Rakyat Indonesia showcased how digital services such as BRIForce (fraud detection based on customers’ behaviours) and BRILink (analytics to optimise customer acquisition by BRI agents) have been crucial in BRI’s growth over the past year.

Other enterprise finalists who presented their digitisation case study are Perusahaan Gas Negara (Indonesia), Department of Science & Technology (the Philippines), Fraser & Neave (Malaysia), Krungsri Consumer (Thailand).

We have also assembled a panel of esteemed judges to evaluate the case studies presented:

After deliberation and evaluation from the panel of judges, Bank Rakyat Indonesia was crowned as the 2019 ASEAN Enterprise Innovation Award winner – the picture below shows Pak Kaspar Situmorang, EVP Digital Banking, Bank Rakyat Indonesia receiving the award. 

If you are interested in full summary of the discussions and presentations at our regional gathering in Singapore, drop me a note at

Driving digitalization ecosystem in ASEAN countries, mainly Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, remains to be our focus in 2019 – drop us a note if you are part of these countries’ ecosystem.

Felix Fernando

16 January 2019

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