- Implementing Pilot Projects in 2 PMEs
In 2013, Peru and Malaysia were selected to implement pilot projects relating to local SME development. The two pilot projects aim to establish value-added business clusters by leveraging information and communication technology (ICT) and collaborating with the local governments, local partners and small and medium enterprise (SME) owners. In Cusco, Peru and Kedah, Malaysia, SME Cluster workshops, which included training courses in basic computer operation, Internet access, e-commerce, e-marketing and so on, were held to provide general information about business clusters.
- Providing Standardized Training Materials
To improve the training programs’ overall quality and effectiveness, the ADOC Secretariat has been striving to provide more standardized training materials. The materials on the courses Free Google Applications, Website Management for SMEs, Social Media Marketing and Do the Promotion via Facebook have been translated into Spanish, Russian, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese for the ADOC PMEs.
- Hosting ADOC Clubs
Twenty ADOC Clubs are being hosted in the ten PMEs in 2013. These events aim to provide cooperating partners, government officials, members of local communities, trainers and trainees a platform to share their ideas and exchange their ADOC experiences in order to improve the quality of ADOC courses and training programs.
- Conducting ADOC Producers’ Trainings
ADOC Producers, which are key drivers for making the ADOCs self-sustainable, have been a major focus in 2013. In April, 19 managers from 12 ADOCs went to Lima, Peru, to attend the “ADOC Producers’ Training” event. The models for sustainable ADOCs in Chinese Taipei were introduced during this event. The ADOC managers learned not only how to analyze the potential operational mode and funding sources for their own centers but also key skills in resource acquisition, financial management, product development, marketing and storytelling.
- Sending International Volunteer Teams
Sending volunteer teams to the ADOCs is part of the work of bridging digital divides and creating digital opportunities. Nine international volunteer teams from universities, associations and non-government organizations have been teamed up with local ADOC members. They underwent training programs and traveled to the various ADOCs to provide service during the summer.
- Holding Web Contests
A Photo Contest and Short Film Contest have been designed to encourage trainees to practice and showcase the ICT skills they have learned in the ADOCs. The winner of the Short Film Contest 2013 was an outstanding quasi-documentary work introducing a local non-profit organization called KDM in Indonesia. The film tells the story of KDM, which has operated as an education center and shelter for street children for many years. The Photo Contest 2013 also received over 20 creative visual works from different PMEs.
- Hosting the ADOC Workshop 2013
ADOC Workshop 2013 was held on August 15-17 inChinese Taipei. The theme of the workshop was “Digital Inclusion: the Path toward an Inclusive, Sustainable, and Balanced Digital Community.” Distinguished speakers from Australia, Japan, the United States, and Chinese Taipei delivered speeches, shared experiences and provided relevant case studies in digital inclusion from academic and practical policy points of view. Guests from the government sectors, PMEs and major media were also invited to contribute their ideas and perspectives in the workshop.
The ADOC exhibition, which was held during the 2013 ADOC Workshop, focused on three subjects: “Innovation and Growth of ADOC,” “Development of the ADOC Community,” and “Prospects for a More Inclusive, Balanced, and Sustainable APEC Community.” It not only showcased the training outcomes of the ten PMEs, but also displayed friendly ICT tools that help users to explore new economic opportunities.
The Way Forward
The progress in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities for those in need has been made possible through close collaborations among the ten PMEs and Chinese Taipei, though much work remains to be done. Prospects for future tasks for the ADOC Project include:
- Developing the ADOC network further to facilitate experiences sharing and practices among PMEs, thus paving the way for an innovative APEC community.
- Cooperating with local governments, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and non-profit/governmental organizations to work through the public-private partnership mode in order to realize sustainable development.
- Providing training courses for potential grassroots trainers and producers through mobile and user-friendly technologies.
- Helping ADOC centers, partners, trainers and producers to organize local projects and initiate self-sustainable programs.
The ADOC Project originated from the desire to bridge digital divides and provide digital opportunities. Looking ahead, we will continue working with APEC member economies to establish an inclusive, sustainable and balanced digital community. We expect that our ongoing efforts will ensure that everyone will have the channels for equal learning opportunities and ICT access, which will gradually reduce digital divides and create an inclusive e-society.