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By Bernama, Malaysia.CNET.com

Tuesday, December 12, 2000 KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysia which is hosting the Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (Apricot) 2001 will stand to gain much from the event, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur from February 26 to March 2 next year.

The Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry, Malaysia (PIKOM) said the previous hosts of Apricot have enjoyed outstanding growth after the events were held in their cities.

Singapore and South Korea saw an explosion and a plethora of Internet services, it added in a statement Tuesday.

"The local Internet Service Provider (ISP) business and Internet industry will benefit greatly from the hosting of Apricot. The local ISP business has seen much activity since other providers have started their operations and this will greatly increase the need for more engineers trained in Internet technologies," said Pikom chairman Wendy Liew in the statement.

Apricot is a forum that facilitates knowledge-sharing among key Internet builders in the region, with peers and leaders from the Internet community worldwide.

Since 1996, Apricot has established itself as the region's premier regional international summit where related organisations congregate and host their nnual general meeting amidst other special events.

Apricot 2001, to be hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia as well as Pikom, is expected to attract 600 local and foreign participants.

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