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Inaugural Public Lecture

Speaker : Professor Dr. Rajah Rasiah
First Holder of Khazanah Nasional Chair
Date : 13 October 2010 (Wednesday)
Time : 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Venue : Auditorium, Level 1, City Campus University Malaya,
Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Topic : “Technological Catch Up in the Integrated Circuit Industries: Towards A Regulatory Framework for Malaysia”
Fee : Free Admission (RSVP before 4 October 2010)

Abstract: Taking account of existing theories but screening them in light of stimulating international competitiveness the lecture first identifies the coordinates of industrial policy that are relevant for driving technological catch up. Building on evolutionary theory, the lecture then seeks to develop a regulatory framework complementary to stimulating technological catch up and competitive advantage in integrated circuits production in Malaysia. Given the extensive promotion and growth of export-oriented electronics from the 1970s, its selection is scripted to produce policy relevant conclusions for the enhancement of the regulatory framework in Malaysia. Instead of reinventing the wheel, the lecture will build on the successful catch up experiences of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. At the heart of the lecture will be the development of a policy mechanism that relies on creative duplication and technological upgrading to shift integrated circuit manufacturing in Malaysia from imitation to innovation, and from low end assembly and low margin wafer fabrication activities to the high value added activities of designing and high margin wafer fabrication. Rather than emphasizing on the market-based distortionary price effects of interventions the lecture will outline selective interventions essential to delineating the paths for driving technological catch up through the value chain of integrated circuit firms.

Keywords Innovation, regulatory framework, technological catch up, competitiveness, integrated circuits
 

Programme

2:30 pm
Arrival of guests and registration
2:45 pm
Arrival of Professor Datuk Dr. Ghauth Jasmon
Vice Chancellor, UM & Chairman Board of Trustees,
Khazanah Nasional Chair
3:00 pm
Welcoming speech by Professor Datuk Dr. Ghauth Jasmon
Vice Chancellor, UM & Chairman Board of Trustees,
Khazanah Nasional Chair
3:15 pm
Introduction of speaker
Lecture entitled “Technological Catch Up in the Integrated Circuit Industries: Towards a Regulatory Framework for Malaysia”

by Professor Dr. Rajah Rasiah, First Holder of Khazanah Nasional Chair
 
Q & A Session
5:00 pm
Refreshments