Central Asian government officials to attend ESCAP training workshops on using ICT for socio-economic development

The United Nations today launched two weeks of training for government officials from Central Asian countries, aimed at enhancing the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in support of development initiatives in the subregion.

The Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is partnering with Central Asian research and educational institutions to offer training on the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” (Academy). The Academy is the APCICT's flagship training programme designed to equip government leaders with the necessary skills and knowledge to leverage ICT for socio-economic development.

On 7-9 September, the Central Asian Research and Education Network (CAREN), the National Information Technology Centre of Kyrgyzstan (NITC) and APCICT will organize the First Sub-regional Training of Trainers Workshop in Issyk-Kul Lake Kyrgyzstan, on two, new training modules of the Academy programme: Module 9 – ICT for Disaster Risk Management; and Module 10 – ICT and Climate Change.

“We are encouraged by the commitment demonstrated by our partners to continue strengthening the capacity to use ICT to help achieve the sub-region’s socio-economic development goals,” said Dr. Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of APCICT.

Over 20 trainers, professors and educators from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the CAREN member states Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, will be trained on the modules. Representatives from the European Commission and ESCAP’s new Sub-regional Office for North and Central Asia (SONCA), based in Almaty Kazakhstan, will also participate.
The workshop aims to enhance subregional capacity in the use of ICT to better manage disaster risk and address the challenges presented by climate change. Upon completion of the workshop, training facilitators will deliver training modules to officials and decision-makers in their respective countries.

"There is a great need to use all available resources to better manage the challenges presented by disaster occurrences and climate change," said Professor Askar Kutanov, Regional Coordinator of the European Commission CAREN project.

On 13-17 September, APCICT will launch the Tajik version of the Academy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in partnership with the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation (OSI-AF), the Tajik Academician Research and Educational Network Association (TARENA), and the Association of Internet Service Providers. Over 30 participants will be trained on three Academy modules: Module 3 – e-Government Applications; Module 7 – ICT Project Management in Theory and Practice; and Module 8 – Options for Funding ICT for Development.