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:
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.
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.