Regional experts gather to discuss way forward for United Nations ICT capacity development projects

Expert Group Meeting participants with APCICT staff and university students from ASEAN countries undergoing a work exposure programme at APCICT. The students were invited to attend some sessions of the two meetings and gain valuable insights in ICTD from the field experts present.

Determining how government leaders can make the most of social media and what skills Government Chief Information Officers require to ensure sustainable development in developing countries were some of the emerging Information Communications Technology for development (ICTD) topics discussed during the back-to-back Expert Group Meetings held by the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UNAPCICT).

The two separate meetings of experts and stakeholders from around the region, held 5-8 February in Incheon, Republic of Korea, focused on reviewing and further developing APCICT’s ICTD capacity building programmes.

From 5-6 February, experts and government officials from India, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal and the Philippines met to evaluate and plan the development of a training module on Social Media for its flagship programme, the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Governments Leaders Programme” (Academy).

During the meeting participants revised and enhanced the content and training tools for delivering Social Media training reviewed during the Fourth Academy Partners Meeting in November, 2012. Participants also collaborated to develop a roadmap for implementing the social media training at both regional and national levels.

From 7-8 February, programme partners and ICTD experts from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines met to further enhance APCICT’s Knowledge Sharing Series (KSS) programme. The KSS is designed to complement APCICT’s broader ICTD framework, and this latest issue in the Series focused on building the capacity of Government Chief Information Officers (GCIO) to develop ICT programmes in developing countries. Officially launched in July 2012, KSS has also delivered training in ICTD institution building and cyber security.

Participants shared good practice experiences in developing GCIO programmes, and devised a plan for future KSS regional implementation that included an advisory service for various countries in Asia and the Pacific.

“These Expert Group Meetings provide a platform for regional stakeholders to contribute their insights and assessments of APCICT’s ICTD programmes, as well as offer ideas and initiatives for the future of regional programs in emerging themes, such as social media and the systematic training of government Chief Information Officers,” explained H.E. Enkhbold Zurgaanjin, Vice-Chairman of Information Technology, Post and Telecommunication Authority of Mongolia.

APCICT’s flagship ICTD capacity building initiative, the Academy programme, began in 2008 during the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy. Since then, training has been implemented in 26 Asia-Pacific countries, as well as in Africa and the Middle-East.

For further information, please contact:
Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Ph.D.
Director, UN-APCICT/ESCAP
Incheon, Republic of Korea
T: + (82) 032 245 1700