ADOC Newsletter June 6, 2013

2013 ICT Road Show in Peru and Mexico

The ADOC ICT Road Shows were conducted in Southern America in April. It was aimed to introduce the latest development in ICT and promote international trading to entrepreneurs and organizations in partner member economies, Peru & Mexico.

The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project was funded in 2004. It is aimed to assist the APEC member economies to bridge digital divides and find digital opportunities…

 

ADOCs in Thailand

The reality of Thailand is that we are now in an Information Age in an era of rapid globalization. It stuck with a shortfall in mindset and relevant competencies, at the communication level – especially IT competencies – to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by globalization, while avoiding globalization pitfalls…

 

Angelita Nicolas – the Outstanding Telecentre Women Manager in Philippines 

Merce, as Angelita Nicolas’ colleagues fondly call her, started her community involvement as a student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. As a student at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Social Development Office, her work involved talking to communities in the rural areas. At a very young age, she dealt with the grassroots by trying to help them achieve a solution to their problems. When she finished college she continued to…

Angelita Nicolas – the Outstanding Telecentre Women Manager in Philippines

Merce, as Angelita Nicolas’ colleagues fondly call her, started her community involvement as a student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. As a student at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Social Development Office, her work involved talking to communities in the rural areas. At a very young age, she dealt with the grassroots by trying to help them achieve a solution to their problems. When she finished college she continued to work with the communities under the Philippine Business for Social Progress. Her stint with the rural communities was cut short when she joined the National Computer Center (NCC) as a Budget Examiner, then as the Head of Supplies Group, and finally as head of NCC’s Training Group.

After over twenty years with the NCC, Merce’s life changed when she was made ADOC (APEC Digital Opportunity Center) manager in 2005. Under her leadership, the project has expanded to cover thirteen centers, and has trained more than 3,500 women and girls in digital literacy through the Philippine Digital Literacy for Women Campaign (PDLWC).

In addition to being lead trainer for the PDLWC, Merce is also NCC’s Gender and Development focal person, which enables her to work intensively with both women and men. In 2011, her achievements, especially with the ADOC, did not go unnoticed and during one of the many conferences where she has represented ADOC and her country, it was announced that she was one of the 100 Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers.

However, life can be a rollercoaster. The excitement of being recognized as an Outstanding Telecentre Women Manager was short-lived. In December 2011, Merce lost her only child. She slowed down for a while.

But she perseveres, and today Merce is more focused than ever on what she does best – working with people in the underserved sector. She wants to see changes for women in information and communication technology (ICT). “I would like to advocate accessibility for all,” says Merce. “There is a clear disparity between men and women in rural areas compared to the cities.”

According to Merce, the ADOC Center, which is steadily being converted into a Community eCenter (the Philippine term for a telecentre), is a vehicle for change, for women to have ICT access. Women in underserved areas can be empowered through basic ICT training in Excel, Word, how to get connected, and how to make a business plan.

Merce sees herself as a catalyst for change. She has done a lot, but feels it is still not enough, that she could have done more had she started earlier with her advocacy. Her ultimate goal is to work with an international nongovernment organization, so that she can do more for her people. She takes pride in saying, especially as a presenter in international conferences, that the Philippines has done a lot for the underserved – in transforming the digital divide into digital opportunities.

As she goes home to her family after her day’s work, what comes into Merce’s mind is her advocacy – to transform lives through digital literacy for women. An advocacy to make her family proud.

*The article was written by Patricia Barkess and originally printed in the book “Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers: 100 Stories” published on May 28, 2013 by the Telecentre.org Foundation.

2013 ICT Road Show in Peru and Mexico

The ADOC ICT Road Shows were conducted in Southern America in April. It was aimed to introduce the latest development in ICT and promote international trading to entrepreneurs and organizations in partner member economies, Peru & Mexico.

  •  Road Show Period

Date

Event

2013/4/8-9

Individual Business Contacts and Products Exhibition

Location: Camara De Comercio, Lima

2013/4/11-12

Individual Business Contacts and Products Exhibition

Location:Camara De Comercio, Ciudad De Mexico

 

  • Company List
Name Website Main Product(s)
Lager Network Technologies Inc. http://biz.lager.com.tw Mobile (iOS/Android) online game developing and publishing;MMORPG game developing and publishing;MMOPRO game operating;MMORPG game engine developing and licensing
Airocade Int’l Co., Ltd. http://www.aaf.com.tw/ Consumer electronics devices, Energy saving device, Air purifier, O3 SPA massagers
Cayin Technology Co., Ltd http://www.cayintech.com/ SMP digital signage player, CMS digital signage server
Win-House Co., Ltd. http://www.tdk-winhouse.com.tw/ filter, balun transformer, fixed chip inductor, ferrite chip baluns, multilayer low pass filter
Chi Chang Computer Corp. http://www.cctr.com.tw/ MP3, MP5, EDR
Posiflex Technology, Inc http://www.posiflex.com/ Point of Sale
Linkage Co., Ltd http://www.linkage.tw/ Tablet, mp3, cell phone , LED writing board, LED promotion item
ihlin co http://www.ihlin.com/ LED torch, rechargeable LED flash light, LED sign accessories
Campus Corp. http://www.breezier-fans.com/ USB devices, USB fans
K.N.S. Enterprise Co. Ltd. http://www.knsind.com.tw/ USB card reader, mini electronic massager
Silicon Touch Technology Inc. http://www.siti.com.tw/info/info1.html mini capture, protective case with a sound bar, surveillance camera, LED module, LED driver IC
Young Source International Co., Ltd. capacitors, chip beads, chip bead arrays, filter, chip industors
Dnaxcat Co., Ltd Original cartoon cat images and add personality characteristic to those virtual cartoon cat idols. Peripheral products, including supplies, web online game and animations.

 

  • News release

The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project was funded in 2004. It is aimed to assist the APEC member economies to bridge digital divides and find digital opportunities.

In order to assist domestic corporations in further understanding the ICT industry and market opportunities available in Southern America, the New Taipei City Computer Association (NTCA) and the ADOC Secretariat hosted the “2013 ADOC ICT Road Show.” In the road show, it provided a unique opportunity for the local organizations in Peru and Mexico to learn the latest innovated showcases provided by 13 ICT companies from Taiwan. The participants were able to see the products, learn the latest innovated technologies, discussed with the trade representatives and visited the local ICT-related organization. Its goal is to strengthen the ICT business ties between Taiwan and partner member economies. The ICT Road Show was held on April 8-9 in Peru and on April 11-12 in Mexico.

The ICT Road Show was organized by the NTCA, with the assistance of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Council for Economic Planning and Development, the Institute for Information Industry, the ADOC Secretariat and the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association.

The ICT market in Southern America holds a great potential in the eyes of ICT companies from Taiwan. The blossoming economies offer opportunities with a large number of government offices, civil institutions and business to reach the demand for high-tech ICT products and services. The 2013 ADOC ICT Road Show was expected to produce positive effects such as strengthening business ties in the region, promoting the image and status of Taiwan in the ICT sector, and finally, disseminating Taiwan’s experiences in ICT development serving as a model to the region.

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ADOCs in Thailand

The reality of Thailand is that we are now in an Information Age in an era of rapid globalization. It stuck with a shortfall in mindset and relevant competencies, at the communication level – especially IT competencies – to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by globalization, while avoiding globalization pitfalls.

Being cognizant of this, in August 2008, the College of Asian Scholars (CAS) leadership signed an MOU with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand for collaboration with the ADOC Secretariat to set up an ADOC at CAS in Khon Kaen City. Since then, a mobile service was funded and set up at CAS, as well as the branches at the Hua Kieow Wittayai School in Khon Kaen City; the Krasae Pattana School in Muang Phon, Khon Kaen; at a Refugee Camp in Tak province adjacent to Myanmar; Petchaboon Garden Hill School in Petchabun province; and the Association of the Union of the Disabled of Thailand in Nonthaburi province.

The computer awareness programs to the community include the basic computer skills, introduction to the internet, and the Chinese language. The free programs have trained averagely 800 to 1,000 people annually, including children, teenagers, women and job seekers.

We, the Thailand ADOC, are happy to acknowledge the kind support from the ADOC Secretariat in providing hardware, software and training materials. The trainees have been encouraged to be part of a sustainable learning society. It also increases the productivity through utilizing the power and convenience of IT. It helps a lot to the Thai communities, especially now we are preparing for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community 2015. In addition, we are pleased to have experts sent by the ADOC Secretariat to provide advanced training in information and communication technology.