2012 ADOC center opening and donation ceremony in Thailand
ADOC Secretariat is proud to announce the recent opening of one new APEC Digital Opportunity Centers in Nonthaburi, Thailand, this July 19th. Together with this center, we now have 12 centers in Thailand and trained over 23,000 people.
ADOC worked with Institute of Trade Strategies in Thailand to establish the first Training center in 2007, providing the opportunity for public and medium and small entrepreneur to learn computer skills and to form core competence. In 2008, thanks to the cooperation of College of Asian Scholars (CAS), Thailand, we established ADOC Partner Office and ADOC center. In addition to providing training materials, the office is also responsible for the integration of all centers in the country.
In order to extent the achievement, ADOC Secretariat has worked with Nonthaburi Center for Independent Living to establish one training center in July 19, hoping to enhance the ability for disabled people in Nonthaburi to use ICT and improve the life of them. In this event, we invited Mr. Berton B. C. Chiu, Advisor & Director, Economic Division Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Thailand and Mr. Henry Lin the Country Manager, ASUSTek Computer, as witnesses. We also invited Mrs. Mayuree Pewsuwan, Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Expert, National Office for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (NEP) as representative of Thailand government， Mrs. Wiphawa Udomratana, Chief of Nonthaburi Provincial Social Development and Human Security Office and Ms. Poonsuk Seetapadol, Director of Promotion of Quality of Life Division Nonthaburi Provincial Administration Organization.
The ADOC project is a self-funded multi-year Economic and Technical Cooperation (ECOTECH) initiative that Chinese Taipei first raised at the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. It aims to assist in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The first phase of the ADOC project was launched in August 2004 and was concluded at the end of 2008. The second phase ADOC project, ADOC 2.0 project, was proposed during the 2007 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and launched in 2009 by Chinese Taipei. By June, 2012, ADOC has established 93 centers, and the cumulative number of trainees is over 330,000.
The purpose of ADOC is to help APEC nations reduce the digital divides with other developed countries, prevent people from suffering the limitations of gender, physical and mentally, knowledge, status, degree of digitalization, to achieve the goal of “Anytime, Anyone, Anywhere, Any thing”, and make ADOC the Asia-Pacific digital resource center.