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60 thought leaders and over 300 senior industry participants congregated at Frost & Sullivan Growth, Innovation and Leadership Congress.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (October 29, 2008) / — Growing business in a complex environment, leading enterprises to innovate and using technology for innovation were the key themes of discussion at the annual Frost & Sullivan Growth Innovation and Leadership congress. Held for the first time in Asia Pacific, the congress attracted over 300 senior level delegates from across industries to come together at a single venue.

Yang Berhormat Datuk Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia delivered the keynote address at the congress.

Dato' Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Malaysia was amongst the prominent speakers at the congress. (MSC Malaysia is the strategic partner for the congress).

"We are happy that Frost & Sullivan chose Kuala Lumpur as the first Asian city to host the Growth, Innovation & Leadership Congress," said Badlisham. "There is a growing belief that Malaysia is indeed ideally-placed as the gateway into the emerging economies of Asia and a preferred ICT hub".

Elaborating on CEO's perspective of growth in a complex business environment, Mr. David Frigstad, Chairman, Frost & Sullivan said that most business leaders are not satisfied with the current growth rate and would like to see an accelerated growth in their business.

"CEO's operate in a complex business environment and need a 360-degree overview of the business for making decisions. Through this powerful congress Frost & Sullivan will offer insights to grow and sustain business in the current economic environment, and seize opportunities for networking and forge new partnerships," Mr. Frigstad said.

The second day of the congress had five concurrent industry tracks namely- Aerospace & Defence, Transportation & Logistics, Energy & Environment, Healthcare and Information Communications & Technology.

Each track began with Frost & Sullivan expert presenting a 360-degree CEO perspective for the industry followed by a case study on a growth success story. Impact of technology in each sector to innovate and grow was another key topic of discussion at the industry concurrent tracks.

The summit concluded with the economic summit, which included hot topics on current economic climate with a review of regional economies, key tips and guidelines for global leadership, insights on corporate governance and an exclusive example of leadership in emerging markets. The results of Frost & Sullivan annual CEO survey on 'growth in today's economy' were also shared at the economic summit.

The congress featured panel discussions, case-studies, multiple tracks, break-out sessions, round tables and even instant ‘SMS-polls' spread over two days. With highly interactive sessions, the congress offered optimum opportunities to network, brainstorm and strike strategic partnerships. Current and relevant topic of discussions for Asia Pacific businesses such as, globalization of regional enterprises, the need of innovation for growth and the ‘green imperative' made the entire congress action-packed.

Computer Associates (CA) was the breakfast briefing partner, T-Systems was the gold partner and Citrix was the business track partner for the congress. MNC was the official technology partner and Toshiba the supporting partner while the corporate collateral partner was BizIT - MiniTab 15.

CNBC Asia was the official broadcast partner of the Congress, Wall Street Journal Asia, the official newspaper and Business Week was the official business magazine.

Other media partners include Asia Food Journal, Biospectrum, Pharma Asia, Control Engineering Asia, Electronics Manufacturing Asia, Logistics Insights Asia, Business Today, ChinaTechNews, China CSR, China News Wire, CIO Asia, Computerworld Malaysia, Harborscope, Asian Channels and Asian e-marketing.

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