The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project is an ECOTECH initiative that Chinese Taipei first proposed in the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. It aims to assist in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The ADOC initiative utilizes the advantages of Chinese Taipei’s information and communications industry, and its experience in developing an e-society, to help APEC member economies upgrade their information and communications technology (ICT) application capabilities; hence, ADOC increases the digital opportunities available to vulnerable segments within the APEC community.
- The First Phase of the ADOC (Aug 2004-2008)
The first phase of the ADOC project was launched in August 2004 and concluded at the end of 2008 in collaboration with seven APEC PMEs: Chile, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. During this stage, 43 centers were established and around 70,000 people, including women, children, micro and small entrepreneurs, and other local community members, received training.
- ADOC 2.0: The Second Phase of the ADOC (2009-2011)
ADOC 2.0, proposed by Chinese Taipei at the 15th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Sydney in 2007, increased collaboration with the private sector. International volunteer groups, non-governmental organizations and business enterprises were all included in this phase to contribute to bridging digital divides in the region. With the participation of private sectors, the scope and benefit of training both increased significantly. Three PMEs (Mexico, Malaysia and Russia) joined the project, 46 centers were established and around 200,000 people received training during this stage.
- ADOC 2012 and 2013
The year 2012 represented a milestone, since ADOC established its 101st center. Other important work items of ADOC 2012 included establishing three new Mobile Digital Opportunity Center (MDOCs), providing standardized training materials in multiple languages, and conducting ADOC clubs and ADOC workshops in order to facilitate good practice sharing in the region.
Since transforming digital divides into digital opportunities is a long-term goal, one important work item in 2013 has been to make ADOC centers self-sustainable so they can continue to cope with this issue in the years ahead. To this end, ADOC 2013 has paid much attention on participating in the PMEs’ government projects to enhance the linkages between ADOC centers and local governments. The ADOC Secretariat has also striven to illustrate the future development of the 101 centers by categorizing them into four types, namely educational, community economy, culture collectable, and tourism, according to each center’s primary characteristic.