The ASEAN Financial Institution Conference (ASEANFIC) was first held in Myanmar on 1st March 2013 at Park Royal Hotel, Yangon. This conference was organized by Securemetric Technology, hosted by Myanma Computer Company (MCC) and supported by MSC Malaysia. ASEANFIC successfully gathered around 60 senior level delegates from 20 banks all over Myanmar together with our distinguish speakers from Sweden, Germany, Malaysia and Thailand. This event facilitated a highly effective one day knowledge sharing session from the best brains in the financial and ICT industry.

The first edition of ASEANFIC started off with welcoming remarks from Mr. Lim Chin Wan, the Regional Sales Director of Securemetric who is also the conference Chairman followed by opening remarks by Mr. Brian Aung Soe Lin, Director of MCC. The conference then continues with the presentations from MSC Status companies from Malaysia such as Cyber Intelligence, Securemetric Technology, ManagePay, Cyber Village and eProtea. There were also speakers from BCG Sweden, the Swedish clearing house who has shared on how their approach was on introducing the highly innovative eID services in Sweden; Utimaco from Germany shared about the European way of protection banking transaction via highly secured Hardware Security Module; and lastly a Data Centre expert from Site Preparation Management Co. Ltd. Thailand.

Throughout the presentations, all of the delegates showed interest and asked relevant questions to the speakers. Since Myanmar has been touted as the new emerging market, it is clear that the people from the financial industry are really open to new ideas and understand the important of learning from other countries’ experiences will shorten their learning curve. All the supporting partners were also impressed with the quality of the event and enjoyed the warm atmosphere and manage to network with the delegates during the coffee and lunch breaks, most of them were confident this will gain them confidence  to consider serious venture into Myanmar market eventually.

The conference wraps up with a cocktail party where attractive prizes such as iPad, iPad mini and iPhone 5 were given out to the 3 lucky winners. It was a great chance for the delegates, sponsors and organizer to interact under a more relaxed setting. Overall, everyone was satisfied with how the conference was organized and benefited from the contents of the conference. We at Securemetric look forward to enjoy Myanmar hospitality and graciousness at next year’s edition of this conference.