The Tamil Internet Steering Committee (TISC), an organisation under the auspices of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), announced today that Singapore will play host to the world's largest conference and exhibition on Tamil Internet. Organized by the TISC, the Tamil Internet 2000 (TI2000) will...Singapore, 9 June 2000 | For Immediate Release
The Tamil Internet Steering Committee (TISC), an organisation under the auspices of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), announced today that Singapore will play host to the world's largest conference and exhibition on Tamil Internet. Organized by the TISC, the Tamil Internet 2000 (TI2000) will be held at the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 22-24.
The 3-day event, carrying the theme 'Directions to the Digital World', is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors from all walks of life. President S.R. Nathan and the First Lady will grace the Gala Dinner to be held on July 22.
BG George Yeo, Minister of Trade and Industry, will officiate at the opening of an IT Fair, which will be held in conjunction with this conference. The IT Fair opens on July 22 at 11am.
TISC chairman, Mr. R Ravindran, said: "We are proud to bring an event as outstanding as TI2000 to Singapore. TI2000 is the focal point for IT professionals and global businessmen keen in reaching the 65-million strong Tamil diaspora through the Internet. More importantly, TI2000, is a mainstream international conference focused on the globalisation of the Internet through increased usage of popular Asian languages, including Tamil."
Mr. Ravindran, who is also MP for Bukit Timah GRC, added that the conference is also designed to heighten awareness of Singapore's role, being a leading regional e-hub with a large concentration of Indians, as a catalyst in the development of the Tamil Internet Economy. IDA's support for the event is testament to this commitment.
Dr. Kaizad Heerjee, Assistant Chief Executive, Online Development, IDA, said, "We are extremely pleased and delighted to be hosting the largest conference and exhibition on Tamil Internet in Singapore. As Singapore emerges to be a key player in the new economy, one of our key thrusts is to ensure that every citizen is net-savvy and enjoys the benefits of an e-lifestyle. This conference will therefore not just position Singapore as a key Tamil Internet Hub, but will also go a long way in helping the Tamil community to be net-savvy through the development of local multilingual content and promoting the use of e-commerce."
TI2000 is divided into three distinct activities - the conference, the e-business and the community hubs. These hubs are designed to reach out to specific groups of visitors, each offering a unique value proposition.
While the conference hub will focus on the presentation and discussion of international papers, the e-business and community hubs will spice up the event with a host of attractive activities including meetings between business leaders and special Internet programmes for both senior citizens and children. A high-level panel will also discuss the evolution of Asian languages on the Net.
Those interested in the event can visit the event website at www.tamilinternet2000.org or www.tamilinaiyam2000.org, or call the secretariat at 65-62208046.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY TAMIL INTERNET STEERING COMMITTEE AND
INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
The Tamil Internet Steering Committee was established in April 2000, under the auspices of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), to act as Singapore's focal group in the development of Tamil Internet.
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, please visit www.imda.gov.sg.
For more information, please contact:
TI 2000 Public Relations Committee
Tel: 9625 5133
Mr Vincent Phua
Fleishman Hillard International Communications
Tel: 6339 1066 ext. 59