The Informal Session of the meeting of the regional Interagency Working Group on Information and Communications Technology

Date: 
20 Aug 2013
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

The meeting of the regional Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an annual event that brings UN agencies and regional ICT partners together to discuss about, among others, developments in ICT as well as concrete actions that regional cooperation can be beneficial to the ICT advancement of developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

This year IWG on ICT was organized as an informal session with specific objectives to coordinate the preparations for the 2013 Connect Asia-Pacific Summit which will be held on 18 November 2013 and discuss new and concrete collaboration proposals between the core ICT partners in the region.

Representatives from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the International Telecommunication Union Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ITU) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) participated in the meeting. Through a constructive and result-focused dialogue, the meeting has identified potential areas of collaboration and new partnership proposals in (i) Mapping transmission networks of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway, (ii) Strengthening country capacities to produce and disseminate ICT statistics in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Pacific Island Developing Economies (PIDE), (iii) Information and knowledge management for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) through ICT; and, (iv) Regional mechanism on emergency communications. These partnership proposals will be announced at the 2013 Connect Asia-Pacific Summit.

The Informal Session of the IWG on ICT was jointly organized by ESCAP and ITU on 20 August 2013 at the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok. For further information, please contact Mr. Teerapong Praphotjanaporn at praphotjanaporn@un.org.

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