APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Secretariat is proud to open a new ADOC Centers in cooperation with World Vision Peru on May 28th, 2012. This ADOC Center sponsored by ASUS Foundation aims to provide training on information and communication technology (ICT) for women and children, and local community that have encountered difficulty in gaining access to computers and are eager to gain knowledge of computer. This new ADOC center seeks to empower them to take full advantage of the digital opportunities afforded by ICT and the Internet. ADOC opened its first large Digital Opportunity Training Center and project office in Peru in 2005 with the generous support of its local partner, PROMPERU. ADOC has opened 13 centers in Peru until 2011. Thus far, around 70,000 Peruvians have received training at the ADOC centers in Lima, Arequipa, Chiclayo, Lambayeque and Huancayo. These centers are the fruits of cooperative effort between Peru’s public and private sectors and the ADOC Secretariat in Chinese Taipei. 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 the second phase ADOC project was proposed during the 2007 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and launched in 2009 by Chinese Taipei. The training provided by ADOC 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, 89 ADOC centers have been established, and around 270,000 people have received training from August 2004 to December 2011.
ADOC Success Stories: Providing eCommerce Skills to Entrepreneurs
My name is Jose Tapia Escobedo, and I’m a small business entrepreneur who lives in the municipality of Peñalolén, Santiago de Chile. My background is in metallurgical engineering, so during the last 10 years I have manufactured rubber parts and hardware. My small workshop was not doing so well, and every-day sales were decreasing while the costs of almost all materials were increasing.
I heard that the government of Peñalolén offered training programs specially designed to teach micro/small artisans and entrepreneurs computer-based entrepreneurial skills. I visited the governmental office of the municipality of Peñalolén and they referred me to the . At their training program I learnt to use computers and the internet, to open an email account, and I even received some accounting and business management training. I also learnt about the advantages of doing e-commerce, and how to use a site called “Chilecompra”. This site enables us to offer our products within Chile and abroad through the internet. In another course, they taught me how to make business plans and helped me to apply to “Sercotec”, a governmental seed capital program that grants startup capital for promising business plans. During the month of June I received a letter from Sercotec informing me that I was one of 104 people whose business plan would receive seed capital, plus free professional consultation to help re-organize my business. This was such good news for me and my family. I invested the money in two new machines to help expand my workshop’s production. Many years ago, I decided to believe in this project. With its help, and some effort and perseverance, I was able to progress. Without the support I received from the municipality of Peñalolén and the ADOC project, the road to success would have been uncertain. I hope that the ADOC Secretariat will continue to support initiatives that benefit micro and small business entrepreneurs in our community.