VCI Global Announces Joint Venture With Cogia AG to Expand Secure Messaging Technology

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VCI Global Limited (NASDAQ: VCIG) (Frankfurt: H0T) (“VCI Global”, “VCIG”, or the “Company”), a leading provider of business and technology consulting services, today announced a strategic joint venture with Cogia AG (“Cogia”), a German technology company specializing in AI and secure communication solutions.

Key Highlights of the Joint Venture:

  • VCIG and Cogia will form a new entity with a 70/30 ownership split, respectively.
  • The new entity which will be named as AiSecure Limited (“AiSecure”) will own 100% ownership of Cogia’s military-grade secure messenger platform.
  • Cogia will lead future development efforts, including integrating secure AI technology into the messenger.
  • The joint venture aims to grow AiSecure over the next 12-18 months to meet NASDAQ listing eligibility requirements.

This partnership combines VCIG’s expertise in business strategy and technology consulting with Cogia’s innovative secure communication solutions. The Cogia secure messenger, known for its military-grade end-to-end encryption, provides users with complete control over their personal messages, photos, videos, and documents.

The integration of secure AI technology into the messenger platform is expected to enhance its capabilities and user experience. Cogia has already demonstrated its expertise in AI implementation, being the first secure messenger provider to incorporate generative AI into its products.

As part of the growth strategy, the joint venture plans to leverage VCIG’s international presence in Malaysia, China, Singapore, the United States, and the United Kingdom to expand the messenger’s global user base. The companies aim to position AiSecure for a potential NASDAQ listing within the next 12-18 months, subject to meeting all necessary requirements.

“This joint venture represents a significant step in our growth strategy. By partnering with Cogia AG, we are expanding our technology portfolio and entering the rapidly growing secure communication market. We believe this collaboration will drive substantial value for our shareholders and customers alike,” said Dato’ Victor Hoo, Group Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VCI Global.

About VCI Global Limited

VCI Global is a diversified holding company. Through its subsidiaries, it focuses on consulting, fintech, AI, robotics, and cybersecurity. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, our main operations are centered in Asia, with significant visibility across Asia Pacific, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. VCIG primarily offers consulting services in capital markets, real estate, AI, and technology. In technology businesses, the company operates a proprietary financing platform that serves companies and individuals, as well as a secured messaging platform serving governments and organizations. We also invest, incubate, accelerate, and commercialize businesses and technologies in AI and robotics.

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About Cogia AG

Cogia AG is a Frankfurt-based technology company offering innovative tools for secure communication, AI-based products, and solutions in customer experience, web and social media monitoring, market research, and open-source intelligence.

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