ADOC Center Opened in Ciudad Juarez, Increasing Opportunity for all

ADOC Secretariat Office, Chinese Taipei

May 16th, 2011

APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Secretariat is proud to open a new ADOC Center in cooperation with Asociación Civil in Ciudad Juarez on May 16th, 2011. This ADOC Center aims to provide training on information and communication technology (ICT) for women and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have encountered difficulty in gaining access to computers and are eager to gain knowledge of computer and e-Commerce. ADOC center seeks to empower them to take full advantage of the digital opportunities afforded by ICT and the Internet.

Mexico joined the ADOC project in 2009, and since then 3 ADOC centers have been established. Thus far, around 3,500 Mexicans have received training at the ADOC centers in Obregon, Navojoa and Guanajuato. These centers are the fruits of cooperative effort between Mexico’s public and private sectors and the ADOC Secretariat Office in Chinese Taipei. The new ADOC center in Ciudad Juarez opened today will aim to train around 250 women and SMEs during its first year of operation.

ADOC project is a self-funded multi-year Economic and Technical Cooperation (ECOTECH) initiative that Chinese Taipei first raised in the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. It aims to assist in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The first phase of the ADOC project was launched in August 2004 and was concluded at the end of 2008. The second phase ADOC project, ADOC 2.0 project, was proposed during the 2007 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and launched in 2009 by Chinese Taipei.

The training provided by ADOC centers includes not only ICT basic skills but also e-commerce and e-trading practices in order to empower the trainees with the ability to generate income and to improve quality of life. In collaboration with APEC PMEs, 69 ADOC centers have been established, and around 165,000 people have received training from August 2004 to December 2010.