12 APEC Member Economies Gathered Together for Celebration and Brainstormed the Direction of Next Stage Development
To present the achievement of APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project in bridging digital divide and creating the digital opportunity in the last decade, “ADOC International Conference: The 10th Year Presentation” was held on September 10th -11th, 2014. As it is the concluding milestone of ADOC project, and the Philippines is one of the most senior Partner Member Economies (PMEs) in the ADOC Project and will be the host member economy for APEC next year, the conference was therefore held in Manila, the Philippines.
The ADOC International Conference was co-hosted by Ambassador Tai-Chu Chou, APEC Senior Official Chinese Taipei and Ms. Wen-Jo Kiang, Deputy Director General of Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA. Many distinguished guests attended the conference, including Prof. Fortunato T. Dela Peña, Undersecretary of the Philippines Department of Science and Technology, Ambassador Laura del Rosario, APEC Senior Official the Philippines, Dato’ N. Vasudevan, APEC Senior Official Malaysia, Ambassador Raúl Patiño, APEC Senior Official Peru, Ms. Irene Sim, Chief of Staff from the APEC Secretariat. Further, there were 120 guests in estimate joined the event including representatives from 12 APEC member economies (Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, and Japan), as well as media representatives, ADOC partners, ICT researchers, and overseas business people.
In the past 10 years, ADOC Project has established 101 centers in 10 PMEs and trained more than 650 thousands trainees. ADOC Project has helped more than 5,000 SMEs to startup and more than 15,000 streets kids and dropouts returned to school. It also helps refuges, abused women and disabled people. Countless true stories have been shared and touched many people. For instances, in collaboration with Chunghwa Telecom and Malaysian Association for the Blind, a call center training program was started in Rawang, Malaysia. Since the program started in 2013, 41 visual impaired people have been trained and 30 of them have been hired as call center agents in public and private sectors. In collaboration with ASUS Foundation, 25 international volunteer teams from colleges, universities, NGOs, and NPOs were sent to the ADOC centers to provide computer training programs and cultural experience activities. In addition, ASUS and ACER also donated computers to Phil Chi Love and Care Foundation to set up five 40-feet Mobile Containers and provide computer trainings to local people. So they can learn computer skills and find better job opportunities. The collaboration to establish Mobile Containers in the Philippines represents the successful model of public-private partnership in the ADOC Project.
In the event, 4 keynote speakers from U.S., Japan, and Chinese Taipei shared their views and experiences in bridging digital divides. In addition to the keynotes, 4 representatives from Educational Center, Community Economic Center, Culture and Digital Archive Center and Tourism Center shared their practices as ADOC Pilot Centers. Also, exhibitions were shown, such as the chronicle journey since ADOC Project initiated in 2003; introduction to 101 ADOC centers; ICT-enabled pilot project in Malaysia and Peru; introduction to the model of Public-Private Partnership, international volunteer program and ADOC short films. Furthermore, a site visit to the mobile container funded by Phil Chi Love and Care Foundation in Valenzuela City, the Philippines was arranged on the second day of the event.
After series of discussion and sharings of experiences, all the representatives agreed the importance to promote digital inclusion continuously and use ICT to support industrial development and create local partnership connectivity. The achievement of ADOC Project was highly recognized by the members who attended the ADOC International Conference and APEC Secretariat as well. The 10 years in bridging digital divides and creating digital opportunities by Chinese Taipei in APEC region, has been greatly appreciated.
The closing remarks of the 2-day conference emphasized that this was not the end of what we have done in the last decade, but would be a start for a new phase in the future. Representatives looked forward to seeing ADOC centers in the establishment “from digital opportunities to digital deployment,” “from digital accessibility to digital practicality,” and “from digital empowerment to digital employment.”
Group photo of ADOC International Conference Opening (Day 1, September 10):
Mr. Samson T. L. Chang, Deputy Representative from TECO (4th person from the right in first row); Ms. Cynthia W. J. Kiang, Deputy Director General of Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA (5th person from the right in first row); Ambassador Raul Patiño, APEC Senior Official Peru (6th from the right in first row); Ms. Laura del Rosario, APEC Senior Official Philippines (7th person from the right in first row); Ambassador Tai-Chu Chou, APEC Senior Official Chinese Taipei (center in first row); Ms. Meili Hsiao, Secretary General of ADOC Secretariat(1st from the left in first row); Ms. Irene Sim, Chief of Staff at APEC Secretariat (3rd from the left in first row); Dr. Akhtar Badshah, Chairman of the Board of Telecentre.org Foundation (4th from the left in first row), Dato’ N. Vasudevan, APEC Senior Official Malaysia (5th from the left in first row); and Prof. Fortunato T. Dela Peña, Undersecretary of Department of Science and Technology, the Philippines (6th from the left in first row)
ADOC International Conference Day 2 (September 11) visited the mobile container that offers the computer training courses lately in Valenzuela City, the Philippines. The mobile container was supported by ADOC Project and Phil Chi Love and Care Foundation. The Valenzuela City also provides the utility resources to make the training courses available. Ambassador Tai-Chu Chou, APEC Senior Official Chinese Taipei (2nd from the right in first row); Mr. Billy Huang, Founder of Phil Chi Love and Care Foundation (3rd from the right in first row); Dr. Gary Gong, Executive Vice President at Institute for Information Industry (center in first row); Ms. Cynthia Kiang, Deputy Director General of Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA (3rd from the left in first row); Ms. Meili Hsiao, Secretary General of ADOC Secretariat (4th from the left in first row); Ms. Estela Chen, Executive Secretary of Multilateral Trade Affairs Division, BOFT, MOEA, Chinese Taipei; Mr. Frank Lu, Deputy Director of Multilateral Trade Affairs Division, BOFT, MOEA, Chinese Taipei; Dato’ N. Vasudevan, APEC Senior Official Malaysia (1st from the left in second row); Ambassador Raul Patiño, APEC Senior Official Peru (4th from the left in second floor).