June 6, 2023

The rapid, widespread adoption of digital technology, spurred in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its economic and societal ramifications are the key focus of deliberations at an United Nations forum this week.

The Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology, and Innovation, which opened today, is set to examine how this digital change has brought a number associated with benefits plus opportunities with regard to people, governments and businesses, but also has further widened the digital divide both between and within countries in the region, opening new development gaps and reinforcing a vicious cycle of socio-economic inequalities.  

“The United Nations has referred to the particular digital separate as the brand new face associated with inequality. That is why digital inclusion must be at the heart of digital transformation and accompanying electronic policies plus regulations if the promise to ‘leave no one behind’ is to be met, ” said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic plus Social Commission for Asian countries as well as the Pacific cycles (ESCAP).

This “digital big bang” brought about by the pandemic has compressed normal periods of social adoption of digital technologies from years to months or even weeks, as digital technology has steadily taken over more aspects associated with people’s lives. Digital addition and resilient digital networks across the region have become the particular foundation regarding governments and the private sector to effectively mitigate the worst impacts of the particular pandemic.

According to the Asia-Pacific Digital Transformation Report 2022 , released today by ESCAP, the region is now the most digitally divided within the world, with more than two billion people who do not have access to digital systems.

However , many government and business services are now “digital by default, ” thus the particular urgent need to develop new development paradigms, policy and regulatory frameworks in a more flexible, adaptive, and corroborative way.

At the heart of such new paradigms is the digital modification process, where people are not just consumers but furthermore creators of previously unheard-of products and services, thus accelerating the particular transformation associated with value systems and socio-economic structures.

The particular three-day Committee is expected to endorse the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway action plan for 2022-2026, which consists of a set of coherent actions aimed in bridging the digital divide and accelerating digital alteration for an inclusive digital society.

Additionally , the particular Committee is preparing for the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development, to be held upon 26 October in Jakarta. It will be also expected to express support for the particular Asia-Pacific Digital Ministerial Conference 2022, organized from the Government from the Republic of Korea in cooperation with ESCAP, under the theme “Shaping Our Common Future, ” from 9 in order to 10 November 2022 inside Seoul as an important means of promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships on digital change for better in Asia as well as the Pacific.

Key dignitaries speaking from this year’s Committee include Ivan John E. Uy, Secretary of the Department of Information and Telecommunications of the Philippines; Chaiwut Thanakmanusorn, Minister of Electronic Economy plus Society associated with Thailand; Mohamed Shareef, State Minister of   Environment, Climate Change and Technologies from the Maldives; Gevorg Mantashyan, First Deputy Minister associated with High-Tech Industry of Armenia; Askar Zhambakin, Vice Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan; and Amandeep Singh Gill, the particular UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology.

For more information: https://www.unescap.org/events/2022/committee-information-and-communications-technology-science-technology-and-innovation

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