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I’d like to report that CICC Joint Seminar titled “IT Utilization to Strengthen Economic and Social Infrastructure” in cooperation with Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Cambodia (MPTC) has successfully done at Phnom Penh on 1st February, 2017.
I was in charge of secretariat for the On-site Joint Seminar. I hope this report, by introducing the approval process and outline of this seminar, will help when you hold same seminar in cooperation with CICC in your country.

First of all in April, I invited On-site Joint Seminar Task Force from CICC member companies to hold the seminar. In this year, four companies such as NTT data, Hitachi, NEC and Fujitsu, wished to participate in the Task Force. I could adjust their opinions and requirements after May.
Finally the Task Force decided to choose “Cambodia” to hold the seminar in this year.

In August, I sent an official request letter to MPTC as Counter Part of CICC. After that, I got a warm reply saying that MPTC agree to co-organize the seminar. As for the important matters such as the theme, date, venue for Seminar, I discussed with a key officer of MPTC when he came to Tokyo by CICC Multinational invitation program in October.
The purpose of this Joint Seminar is to make a chance of business matching with government organizations and IT related public organizations by introducing the Social infrastructure related IT systems which Japanese IT companies want to export to Cambodia.
Therefore I requested MPTC to call the government related attendees to the seminar.

The seminar started with about 140 attendees. Minister of MPTC, H.E.
Tram Iv Tek gave the Opening Address. And ambassador of Embassy of Japan in Cambodia, H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi gave the Guest Speech in the seminar.
From Cambodia side, ICT Policy Department of MPTC introduced entitled “Telecommunication and ICT Development Policy”, and ICT federation of Cambodia explained “Current State of Cambodia’s ICT Industry and its Promising Future”.
The other hand, from Japanese side, NTT Data Corporation introduced entitled “Enhancement of Public Services and Social Infrastructures by ICT Technology”, Hitachi Ltd introduced about “Improvement of public administrative services with biometric authentication”, Fujitsu Ltd
introduced “Towards IT System Implementation at Healthcare Sector”, Doraku Holdings, Co. Ltd gave “Introduction to Social Infrastructure Related Solutions”, NEC Corporation introduced titled “NEC’s approach to the threat of cyber assault and points of security incident response”.
After the seminar, we were able to have a frank talk and exchange of opinions about the future partnership at the social gathering including young MPTC officers. On behalf of CICC, I would like to express my gratitude for your warm support and cooperation to all the relevant people.

Kazuhiro SHINOHARA(Mr.)

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