Southern feel to business delegation

A DELEGATION of business, government and education representatives will promote WA’s technological and business capabilities in a visit to Malaysia next month.

Members of the Rockingham Business Development Centre, the City of Rockingham, the Town of Kwinana, Murdoch University, the Department of Industry and Technology and several local technology companies will participate in the trade delegation.

The RBDC already operates a business incubation and Business Enterprise Centre in Rockingham and is currently developing the Kwinana Technology Business Incubator (KTBI). This new technology incubator facility is being built adjacent to the Kwinana town centre, with completion expected by early 2003.

The group will visit the multi-billion dollar futuristic city project of Cyberjaya, which was opened in 1998 and is known as Malaysia’s Silicon Valley.

While in the city, the Kwinana Technology Business Incubator intends to sign a memorandum of understanding with local technology incubator company Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDC).

John Ham, the general manager of RBDC, said the link with MDC was very important and was likely to bring mutual benefits.

“The MoU will lay out in a generalised way what we want to deliver to them and what they will exchange with us,” he said.

“What we want to do … is allow businesses out of their incubator to come and work in ours and get experience in an Australian business environment, and businesses from our incubator to go and work in Malaysia.”

Mr Ham said Murdoch University’s involvement was about to be confirmed, and it too had much to gain from a representative making the trip to Malaysia.

“There’s a spill over of people coming out of universities who have done R&D and IT who can come into an incubator and get exposure to a commercial environment almost straight away. That’s something universities can’t do unless they’ve got something onsite to help people,” Mr Ham said.

When it is finished, the KTBI will incorporate 20 technology incubator spaces with room for future expansion.

It will offer high-speed Internet access and advanced supporting hardware and software platforms to attract tenants to come to the incubator.

Business advice and guidance will be available through an on-site business enterprise centre.

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