Digital connectivity is an invaluable social asset, enabling people to seize new opportunities, shaping new economies and accelerating progress towards the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has worsened digital divides and developmental inequalities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Taken together, this working paper examines the intersection of connectivity and the digital economy in South-East Asia, particularly in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The paper found that the availability of meaningful and affordable connectivity is a top policy priority to shape the digital economy and achieve the United Nations Secretary-General’s “Common Agenda”. The paper provides some recommendations to policymakers, authorities and intergovernmental organizations on bolstering information and communications technology development and paving the way to a sustainable, inclusive and resilient digital economy in South-East Asia.