To provide a platform for all the ADOC center partners to exchange their experiences and ideas of the ADOC project, ADOC Secretariat hosted ADOC Clubs in Chile and Peru respectively. Most of the local partners sent their representatives to participate the events and shared how they have operated their own ADOC centers locally.
On March 12, in Chile, there were 9 representatives from 6 local Chile partners attending the ADOC Club. Mr. Carlos Lee, the Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and Mr. Maxim Lu from the ADOC Secretariat welcomed all the partners and appreciated their efforts to the ADOC Project. Each representative presented briefly the achievement of their center and provided suggestions to the ADOC Secretariat. After the event, the Municipal of Estación Central prepared a musical performance for all the participants.
On March 19, in Peru, there were 20 representatives from the ADOC centers attended the ADOC Club. Mr. Jaime Wu, the ambassador from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and Ms. Elsa María Baronio Baraybar, the manager of the ADEX Academic Centers, were the honored guests and listened to the presentations provided by each local partner about what they have done in each center. All the ADOC representatives joined the ADOC Trainers’ Training after the ADOC Club.
Through the ADOC Clubs, the ADOC Secretariat gathered precious suggestions and ideas from the ADOC local partners. In addition, these gathering also make the ADOC local partners have closer relationship and are able to exchange the training resources between each other.
In partnership with PROMPERU, the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project is committed to empower entrepreneurs with export potential and the different sectors in the management of information and communication technology (ICT). The joint effort seeks to reduce the digital divide that exists in Peru. It also includes a network of ADOC centers that offer “equipment of digital opportunity “which is accessible for training programs related to ICTs and applications related to the export sector.
In the region of Cusco, the ADOC center is particularly oriented to the development of business clusters. The initial work comprises 2 categories, textiles and agri-industries. Based on the needs from the entrepreneurs, specialized programs and skills developments have been organized in the training programs. Digital farmer, product development and identification of special coffee are the cornerstones in the formation of clusters.
“Digital Farmers” aims to train in the use of computers to reduce the digital divide in the members of many associations that are linked to export chains and facilitate the search for markets for exporting via the Internet. “Product development” has the main purpose of training the textile producers to develop new techniques and high quality clothing, with the support of a fashion designer. In order to locate the fields where produce the special coffee and identify the quality of the product, “identify of sepcial coffee” is implemented in the Province of La Convencion. The farmers’ information is also provided in the map. The project started in 2012 and continues its development in 2014 by extending to other companies and associations.
“Online promotion” is another focus in 2014 in the cluster project. It includes the development of promotional image and proper development and management for the companies’ website.
In order to help better product development in both clusters, PROMPERU plans to redesign the packages for agri-industries cluster and develop a “2014 collection” for the textile cluster. PROMPERU also seeks to continue the export route, which teaches the entrepreneurs how to manage the exporting tools in a proper way.
We believe the cluster project will help the regional development in Cusco economically through the training provided by PROMPERU and ADOC.
My name is Nookan Chansri and I have owned a small shop for several years in Khon-Kaen, Thailand. I started to work when I was very young. Thus, I didn’t get much education, especially in the field of ICT. Most of my life, my only concern was finding ways to earn a living for my family.
In 2011, a neighbor told me about the computer training course in the ADOC center at the College of Asian Scholar and recommended me to be involved. I used to think that I was too old to learn about technology, eventually I decided to join the courses because it was free and offered in the weekends.
In the beginning, it was hard to learn how to interact with PCs. But the instructors were patient and helped us feel comfortable using the computer. I realized that I needed to learn how to use computers in order to benefit my business. One of my instructors suggested I learn MS Office, which enables me to manage inventory of my shop, for instance.
Thanks to my instructors and the ADOC Project. I am proud of myself. I have been able to use the information and skills they taught me and put them in good use in my small shop. Whenever I have time, I kept reviewing the lessons I took in the ADOC center at home so I would not forget what I have learned!