APCICT fosters regional capacity building in social media for development through a Regional Training of Trainers workshop

As part of its programme to maximize the ability of government officials in the Asia-Pacific region to utilize social media in national development contexts, APCICT will welcome 30 participants from 19 countries around Asia and the Pacific to the Regional Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on Social Media for Development from 20 to 23 May. The workshop will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea and will utilize Module 11, ‘Social Media for Development’, the latest installment of APCICT’s flagship programme, the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Governments Leaders”.

The Regional TOT is designed to develop a core group of regional resource persons who can deliver training on how government and development stakeholders can leverage the potential of social media as a tool for promoting socio-economic development in various institutional areas, including governance, public health and disaster risk management. In keeping with APCICT’s participatory and inclusive approach, the workshop will also allow participants to strengthen the module’s content, relevance and accessibility before it is finalized and officially launched later in the year. To learn about the latest technologies and global IT trends including social media, participants will also spend half a day attending the World IT Show 2013 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Participants to the workshop will be composed of national public officials working to implement social media into national development plans, as well as experts from public relations departments who are well-positioned to raise awareness of the importance of social media in governance and development upon their return to home countries.

“The rapid diffusion of social media around the world and the sheer impact it can have on public communication as well as citizens’ participation and decision making cannot be overstated,” remarked Dr. Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of UN-APCICT/ESCAP. “This workshop provides a valuable opportunity for participants to learn how to develop social media guidelines and relevant policies at the national level.”

Since its launch in June, 2008, the Academy has reached 26 Asia-Pacific countries. It is available in 11 languages and has reached over 14,000 participants through face-to-face and online course enrolments.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Hyeun-Suk Rhee
Incheon, Republic of Korea
T: + (82) 032 245 1700