United Nations training centre provides platform for ICT capacity building

Representatives from 32 member States across Asia-Pacific will gather in Bali, Indonesia on 27 November for a three-day meeting aimed at enhancing training in information and communication technologies for Development (ICTD) capacity-building for governments in the region.

Organized by the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), one of the regional institutions of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the fifth annual partners meeting of the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders serves as a platform to exchange ideas and feedback on APCICT’s Academy programme.

The Academy is APCICT’s flagship initiative to equip government officials and policymakers with the essential knowledge and skills to leverage information communication technology (ICT) for national and regional socio-economic development.

The meeting will provide a valuable opportunity for partners to share feedback on the draft of APCICT’s new Academy module on ICT and Small and Medium Enterprises, and to finalize the module on Social Media for Development. The partners will also discuss open and distance learning initiatives in Asia and the Pacific in order to develop synergies with APCICT’s distance learning platform - the APCICT Virtual Academy.

This year, the meeting coincides with two other events: the launch of APCICT’s third issue of its Knowledge Sharing Series (KSS) on the topic of Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) Programme Development, and a National GCIO Workshop convening 60 GCIOs, organized by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia.

The GCIOs participating in the National Workshop will join Academy Partners in the GCIO launch, during which representatives from the Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea and other countries from the Asia-Pacific region will share country perspectives on GCIO programme development during a roundtable session.

Since its launch in 2008, the Academy programme has been adopted and rolled-out in 27 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Its comprehensive 11-module curriculum has been helping government officials and policymakers in their capacity-building efforts by providing knowledge and skills on how to leverage ICT for national and regional socio-economic development. Currently, Academy modules are available in 12 languages, with plans for more translations underway.