The Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2017 MALAYSIA was held at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur on 16th February 2017.

The Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2017 MALAYSIA was held at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur on 16th February 2017. The event showcased Hitachi’s Social Innovation in the global market through hosted seminars and exhibition, and how Hitachi can address the challenging issues faced in Malaysia through collaborative creation.

Through the speeches and presentations delivered by Guest-of-Honor YB Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan (Minister II of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia), H.E Dr. Makio Miyagawa (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Malaysia), En. Norhizam Bin Abdul Kadir (Vice President, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)), Mr. Ichiro Iino (Chief Executive for Asia-Pacific, Hitachi, Ltd.), Mr. Shinichi Sakai (Managing Director, Hitachi Asia (M) Sdn. Bhd.), Mr. Miki Yoshida, (General Manager, Strategic Planning Division, Urban Solutions Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd.), Mr. Makoto Yasuda (Senior Technology Evangelist, Information & Communication Technology Business Division, Hitachi, Ltd.), Mr. Tsuyoshi Kurotani (Deputy General Manager, International Business Development & Sales Division, Hitachi, Ltd. Railway Systems Business Unit) and  Mr. Chew Huat Seng (General Manager, Social Innovation Business Unit, Hitachi Asia (M) Sdn. Bhd.), distinguished guests were able to understand how Hitachi can contribute to Malaysia’s growth, as well as its existing businesses in areas such as rail, ICT and other urban solutions. Furthermore, guests were presented with insights on Malaysia’s growth opportunities and challenges from Hitachi as well as external perspectives. Specifically, ways in which digitalization can enable social innovation as well as improvements towards railway solutions were also explored Social Innovation in the urban field as well as Malaysia’s digital economy roadmap were also discussed during the event. The dinner reception provided ample opportunity for mingling and facilitated the sharing of ideas among key stakeholders in the Malaysian market.

Hitachi’s key technologies and strengths in the Social Innovation Business were also highlighted at the exhibition. Some of the key business fields showcased include Urban Development, ICT, Security, Power and Energy and Water solutions.

This was the first time that the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum was held in Malaysia, following successful events in other Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. The forum attracted over 320 guests. Through this event, attendees had a deepened understanding of Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business and its efforts in Malaysia. The Hitachi Social Innovation Forum serves not just as a showcase of Hitachi’s business portfolio and capabilities, but also a reaffirmation of Hitachi’s commitment in Malaysia and the ASEAN region.

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