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ITU Telecom World 2013

ITU-MCMC contest to Promote the Transformational Power of Broadband - "Connecting At the Roots"

ITU-MCMC Award Ceremony

19 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

Your Excellency Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia,
Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be here for the announcement of the winners of the ITU-MCMC Contest to Promote the Transformational Power of Broadband - “Connecting at the Roots”.

This contest was organized by ITU and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, MCMC, in recognition of the importance of broadband and its impact on national socio-economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The contest was organized to raise awareness about the importance of broadband and demonstrate how it can be harnessed to transform lives and society, at both the national and international levels.

We therefore invited the submission of video clips based on true stories about broadband and its impact on individuals, groups of people and / or society. This offered a tremendous opportunity to share experiences and demonstrate the practical uses of broadband, and especially applications and content, among countries and individuals.

Yesterday, during the special award ceremony, I was deeply impressed by the Sea Weed entrepreneur Kabilah Hassan, who will surely encourage the use of broadband for the empowerment of women and remote communities.

We were very encouraged to receive a total of 22 videos from 11 countries in the form of video clips in the following categories:

  • Broadband for Youth / Women / Girls / Persons with Disabilities / the Elderly;
  • Broadband in all phases of disaster management and risk reduction;
  • Broadband for promoting and / or strengthening SMEs / Entrepreneurs; and
  • Broadband for communities / schools.

A high-level committee shortlisted and selected one winner in each category as well as runners up, with each category having a cash prize, together with certificates and honorariums. The first prize is US$ 5,000; and the runner-up prize is US$ 3,000.

I am very pleased to be amongst so many creative brains, so let me take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners of this contest who are present with us.

I have no doubt that your creations and your works will contribute significantly in showcasing the true transformational power of broadband.

Let me close by extending my sincere thanks to the Malaysian Government, and in particular MCMC Malaysia, for its kind cooperation with us, and we hope that this initiative can be further continued in the future.

Thank you.