As information and communication technologies (ICT) become ever more important in the domestic and regional economies of Asia and the Pacific, the topic of e-resilience has taken on strategic significance. People, governments and businesses throughout the region rely on a vast array of technologies to deliver vital services. From broadband-enabled classrooms that bring digital textbooks to remote cities and villages, to electronic stock market exchanges, the world increasingly relies on around-the-clock connectivity. In this environment, the resilience of core Internet infrastructure takes on unprecedented importance.
ESCAP promotes e-resilience through its Asian Information Superhighway initiative. As part of the initiative, ESCAP and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) developed Internet infrastructure maps that show land-based optical fiber and wireless networks, as well as the various segments of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway. This multi-sectoral mapping tool allows policymakers to identify weak points in terrestrial broadband infrastructure, as well as opportunities for cross-sectoral infrastructure development. ESCAP also supports member States in their efforts to strengthen e-resilience by providing policy analysis and stakeholder consultations on various Internet network options, based on principles of open-access and non-discriminatory pricing. As the regional development arm of the United Nations, ESCAP provides a platform for governments to forge common ground on principles and norms that would enhance e-resilience and facilitate seamless connectivity.