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◆Date：November 2-3, 2006
◆Venue：Furama RiverFront Singapore
Opening Address by Mr. Kanaya,
Executive Director, CICC
Roundtable Workshop (Biometrics)
Roundtable Workshop (RFID) Welcome Banquet
On November 2-3, 2006, the Conference for the Asian IT Standardization (CAIST) was held in Singapore, inviting experts and policy makers from Japan and seven ASEAN countries. It was jointly organized by the Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC) and the Japanese Standards Association (JSA) and supported by the IT Standards Committee (ITSC), Singapore.
Since the establishment of the Asian Forum for Standardization of Information Technology (AFSIT) in 1987, CICC has supported various standardization activities that are aimed at forming the strong network of standard-related organizations in Asia and encouraging active participation of Asian countries in the international discussions of IT standardization, which tend to be dominated by the western powers. In particular, CICC has worked on the areas of character codes, the representation of cultural data, and document formatting. In each area, we have worked closely with the Asian countries to identify their requirements, offered the hands-on training programs on the practical process of developing international standards, and drafted the joint proposals with Asian countries to submit to the ISO/IEC JTC1. Through these activities, CICC has been recognized by the JTC1 as a helpful organization that can effectively involve Asian countries to the international discussions and identify their needs.
CAIST is yet another initiative by CICC to achieve these goals. This time our focus is on the four particular technologies (RFID, GIS, Information Security, and Biometrics), which are of increasing importance today. The conference consisted of the plenary session, which discussed the general issues of standardization, and the roundtable workshops, which discussed more specific issues on the concerned technologies.
On Day 1, Mr. Akio Kanaya, the executive director of CICC, delivered the opening speech. It was followed by the keynote speeches by Mr. Robert Chew, the chairman of the ITSC and by Mr. Masanori Fukiwake, the president of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). Then Mr. Takayuki K. Sato of CICC laid out the aims of the CAIST clearly. After the break, the four keynote speeches on the respective technologies were delivered, namely on RFID by Mr. Tan Jin Soon of GS1 Singapore Council, on GIS by Professor Ryosuke Shibasaki of the University of Tokyo, on Information Security by Mr. Meng Chow Kang of ITSC/ Microsoft Asia Pacific, and finally on Biometrics by Mr. Shigeru Sasaki of Fujitsu Laboratory, Ltd..
In the afternoon, six country reports were presented. They were from Cambodia (Mr. Phannarith Ou, National ICT Development Authority), Indonesia (Dr. Richard Mengko, Ministry of Research and Technology), Malaysia (Ariffuddin Aizuddin, National ICT Security and Emergency Response Center ), the Philippines (Mr. Clodualdo Novero Rodil, Commission on Information and Communication Technology), Thailand (Dr. Yunyong Teng-amnuay, Chulalongkorn University), and Vietnam (Ms. Luu Thi Kim Thanh, Vietnam Standards and Quality Centre). Following, the roundtable workshops were held for the experts to discuss the current status, structure, and issues of standardization in each country.
Day 2 started off with the roundtable workshops to continue previous discussions. Through the active discussions during the conference, the participants deepened their understandings on the current status of standardization on the concerned technologies in each country and identified the issues that need to be tackled in the coming years. The participating countries expressed their requests to continue and expand the activities of CAIST in future. In the afternoon, the summaries of the roundtable discussions were presented by the chairs of each workshop, and the chairman’s summary was delivered by Professor Eisuke Naito of Toyo University, the chairperson of the CAIST. In closing, the participants confirmed the importance of maintaining the regional collaboration in this area.
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