ADOC Newsletter May 27, 2013

Pilot Projects in Cusco (Peru) and Kedah (Malaysia)

In 2013, the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Secretariat is planning to extend the availability and ability of ADOC – to leverage the local resources by bringing out the capacities of ICT skills to give support to region economic development and localizing the ADOC Project in the communities – in order to improve regional competitiveness and employment. 2 partner member economies, namely Peru and Malaysia, have been selected to implement the pilot projects for stepping further in local areas.

It is planned to leverage the ICT skills trained by ADOCs and collaborate with the local small, micro, and medium business owners to establish value-added business clusters. The experts have visited the selected sites, Cusco in Peru and Kedah in Malaysia, to find out local specialties and chosen to build 2 clusters for each site. Hopefully with additional design and re-packaging, the products can be unique and differentiated in other places. Moreover, those products can be promoted and sold through ADOC online channels. Detailed introduction to the pilot sites are discussed below…

 

The ADOC Partnership in Peru

Introduction to the partner and its main activities:The Comision de Promocion del Peru para la Exportacion y el Turismo is an entity that depends on the Peruvian Ministry of External Commerce and Tourism and the headquarter locates in Lima. Its mission is to develop strategies to position an integrated and attractive image of Peru that allows the development of internal tourism and promotes it around the world. It also promotes and supports Peruvian companies with their export activities…

 

The ADOC Project Flips Werner Hoffmann’s Life to a Happy Camper 

Werner Hoffmann, who was born in Chile, used to work as a scientist at the university in Germany for nearly 20 years. In mid-1990s, the German government set up a reimbursement program for Chilean scientists. After doing research, Werner found that Chile has the best solar insolation rates in the world. Therefore, Werner decided to join the program and chose to implement the solar and geothermal energy program in remote …

 

Pilot Projects in Cusco (Peru) and Kedah (Malaysia)

In 2013, the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Secretariat is planning to extend the availability and ability of ADOC – to leverage the local resources by bringing out the capacities of ICT skills to give support to region economic development and localizing the ADOC Project in the communities - in order to improve regional competitiveness and employment. 2 partner member economies, namely Peru and Malaysia, have been selected to implement the pilot projects for stepping further in local areas.

It is planned to leverage the ICT skills trained by ADOCs and collaborate with the local small, micro, and medium business owners to establish value-added business clusters. The experts have visited the selected sites, Cusco in Peru and Kedah in Malaysia, to find out local specialties and chosen to build 2 clusters for each site. Hopefully with additional design and re-packaging, the products can be unique and differentiated in other places. Moreover, those products can be promoted and sold through ADOC online channels. Detailed introduction to the pilot sites are discussed below:

Cusco, Peru

A new ADOC in cooperation with PROMPERU was opened on April 8, 2013. This ADOC aims to provide training on information and communication technology (ICT) in the local community; seeks to empower them to take full advantage of the digital opportunities afforded by ICT and the Internet; and focuses on facilitating 2 clusters – alpaca textile and special coffee.

Alpaca textile industry is one of the most important industries in Cusco and special coffee is an immerging market in the region. ADOC, with the support from PROMPERÚ and local government, associations, will invest resources into these two clusters in Cusco. The ADOC Secretariat plans to help at least 5 local companies for each cluster to develop their own e-commerce oriented website. The achievement of these 2 clusters is scheduled to present in the Cusco commercial show in the upcoming October.

The ADOC Project opened its first large ADOC and project office in Peru in 2005 with the generous support of its local partner, PROMPERÚ. Until April 2013, 15 ADOCs have been funded and set up in Peru. Thus far, around 93,000 Peruvians have received training at the ADOCs in Lima, Arequipa, Chiclayo, Lambayeque and Huancayo. The centers are the fruits of cooperative effort between Peru’s public and private sectors and the ADOC Secretariat in Chinese Taipei.

Kedah, Malaysia

On May 14, 2013, the mobile digital opportunity center (MDOC) started its training and digital support, in cooperated with the ADOC Secretariat and the International Telecommunication Union at the Universiti Utara Malaysia (ITU-UUM), to facilitate 2 clusters – food-processing and tourism. With the support from the local government, the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW), Kedah Development Authority (KEDA), Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), and the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture Malaysia (MCMC), will invest resources into these 2 clusters in Kedah.

The ADOC Secretariat plans to assist at least 5 local companies for each cluster to add e-commerce into the current website. In addition, with additional design and re-packaging, the products will be promoted and sold through the online channels. The achievement of these 2 clusters is scheduled to have a showcase in the upcoming November.

The ADOC Secretariat opened the first digital opportunity center in Malaysia with the generous support by the local partner, KKLW, in 2010. Since then, KKLW and the ADOC Secretariat have funded and set up 6 ADOCs in Terengganu, Malacca, Miri, Sabah, Kelantan, and Kuala Lumpur, to those who are digital disadvantaged minorities – ageing people, women, and children. One of the centers is a vocational training center to help the vision impaired people, collaborating with the Malaysian Association of the Blind (MAB). Until April 2013, 2,301 Malaysian have been trained in the 6 centers.

The ADOC Project

The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project is a self-funded multi-year Economic and Technical Cooperation (ECOTECH) initiative. It was first raised by Chinese Taipei in the Economic Leaders’ Meeting in APEC 2003. Its aim is to assist all the partner member economics (PMEs) in APEC community in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities. The ADOC Project has been carrying out for 8 years and moving to the 9th year.

The training courses provided by ADOCs are not limited to basic ICT skills. We also provide the advanced training, for instance, e-commerce and e-trading practice in order to empower the trainees with the ability to generate income and improve the quality of their life.

101 ADOCs have been set up in 10 PMEs (Chile, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Mexico, Russia and Malaysia) and more than 458,000 participants have been trained by April 2013.

The ADOC Project Flips Werner Hoffmann’s Life to a Happy Camper

Werner Hoffmann, who was born in Chile, used to work as a scientist at the university in Germany for nearly 20 years. In mid-1990s, the German government set up a reimbursement program for Chilean scientists. After doing research, Werner found that Chile has the best solar insolation rates in the world. Therefore, Werner decided to join the program and chose to implement the solar and geothermal energy program in remote area in Chile. He believed it would be as successful as those countries, like Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Namibia, South Africa, Jordan and most Asian countries, to deal more independently recurrent energy crisis due to the shortage of oil. Werner moved back to Chile in 1998.

It seems that Werner would have done great work in Chile. However, it was not. What Werner did not count was the inflexible economic system in Chile – where the energy market was operated by multinational companies.  Those companies control all the imports of petroleum and natural gas, get profits enormously and have made Chile the highest electricity costs in the Latin America. Needless to say, those companies also have inhibited the development of renewable energy successfully, although Chile has a unique advantage in this topic.

All these resulted in a slow and steady deterioration of Werner’s income. So did his health. Werner has bad luck in his business, especially in the last 3 years. He received limited order and could only install a solar panel every 4 months, in average. Earlier this year, Werner finally hit the rock bottom. He cancelled the internet connection at home to save money and fell into a deep depression.

A colleague could not stand to watch Werner fell. He talked to Werner and made Werner approached to the Yunus ADOC which is located in the same district where Werner lives and operated by the Municipalidad de Peñalolen. In the center, Werner met a group of people with extraordinary human qualities. They invited him to attend meetings, where he learned the aid programs in management. Werner also took couple e-learning courses that are direct related to project financing, pricing, accounting and etc. Learning new things and gaining knowledge in management have improved Werner’s mood and the way how he could work with his professional activity.

In relation to his crafting project for low cost heating solar collectors, Werner decided to build a small exhibition center showing different types of solar collectors. The center locates on a top of a house and next to a school. In addition, he does research in energy and specifically aims to reduce the cost of using natural gas at home. Werner told the staff at the ADOC that the training in the center has helped him winning contracts from suppliers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the same community!

Werner believes the projections of the network of mutual interests are enormous. He is very happy and grateful for the ADOC Project in Chile!

ADOC Newsletter May 3, 2013

ADOC Short Film Contest

In 2013, the ADOC Secretariat will continue its work with all the ADOCs by organizing the contest events through the ADOC website. The first contest will be the ADOC Short Film Contest. Starting from now, the ADOC Secretariat invites everyone who owns a camera or any recording device to join the competition!

The ADOC Secretariat believes that information and communication technologies (ICTs) have great potential for knowledge dissemination, effective learning and the development of local community. Through this film-making initiative, the trainees will have the opportunities to understand the potential of digital recording devices and practice their presentation and communication skills.

The participants are encouraged to present their short films with creativity and the engagement to the local communities. The short films which are submitted to the contest will be the showcases of efforts and results to bridge the digital divide in the ADOC Project…

 

Assert Access To Digital Opportunities For Better Futures!

The Samahan ng Mamamayan – Zone One Tondo Organization, popularly known as ZOTO, was formed during the Martial Law years in the Philippines in 1970. It was the time when the urban poor residents at the Tondo Foreshore Land faced demolished in favour of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank funded project. Affected residents bonded together to oppose the government’s plan to convert the area into an international port which would have displaced about 30,000 families.

 

Thank you, ADOC at Unitech 

My name is Miriam Suma. My husband and I live in Morobe, Papua New Guinea. I am a nurse and my husband is a head teacher at the Taraka Primary School.

I have been trained as a nurse since 1975. To assist the doctors to examine Tuberculosis (TB), I also received training in using microscope. Therefore, I am a nurse and also a TB Microscopicist Specialist at the Angua Memorial Hospital. Part of my job responsibilities is to prepare reports with statistical results. But I did not know how to prepare a report electronically. It made my work …

ADOC Short Film Contest

In 2013, the ADOC Secretariat will continue its work with all the ADOCs by organizing the contest events through the ADOC website. The first contest will be the ADOC Short Film Contest. Starting from now, the ADOC Secretariat invites everyone who owns a camera or any recording device to join the competition!

The ADOC Secretariat believes that information and communication technologies (ICTs) have great potential for knowledge dissemination, effective learning and the development of local community. Through this film-making initiative, the trainees will have the opportunities to understand the potential of digital recording devices and practice their presentation and communication skills.

The participants are encouraged to present their short films with creativity and the engagement to the local communities. The short films which are submitted to the contest will be the showcases of efforts and results to bridge the digital divide in the ADOC Project.

How to participate the ADOC Short Film Contest?

1. Make a Film
Keep it short – the maximum length is up to 3 minutes – stick to the theme on “How we made it possible by the help of ADOC project and ICTs.”

2. Upload your short film
As long as you are happy with the final edited version, upload the short film to either YouTube or Vimeo in HD version.

3. Complete your Entry form at the event website
Submit your video link to http://www.apecdoc.org/site/sf2013/ by July 12, 2013

4. Promote your short film to the world
As soon as you have uploaded your work to either YouTube or Vimeo, share it to the ADOC Facebook Fan Page (https://www.facebook.com/adoc2.0) and any of your favorite social networks to get people’s attention!

On Monday, July 15, the ADOC Secretariat will announce the shortlisted films and publish the video links on the ADOC website for voting in the ADOC community. Filmmakers are encouraged to promote their films as much as they can in order to get more votes. During July 22 to 26, the top 5 films which have won the most votes will be reviewed by a panel of experts from the ADOC Secretariat and ASUS Foundation. Based on the originality, storytelling ability, presentation clarity, creativity and technical skills, a winner will be chosen and the winning filmmaker will receive a prize US$300.

The details of the ADOC Short Film Contest will be released on May 8 on the ADOC website at http://www.apecdoc.org/site/.

Make a film.
Make a difference.
You have a chance to win the prize!
Now Is The Time.