|ICT Update | September 27, 2017
Authors: Matt Solomon, Shay Wester, Kim Yaeger, Ella Duangkaew, Gaofan Zhang
September 29: Indonesia's Minister of Communication and Information Technology Rudiantara will be visiting San Francisco and the Council, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Indonesia and World Economic Forum will be hosting him for a small dialogue on the digital economy. Contact Kim Yaeger at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October 12 to October 13: 2017 Business Mission to the ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM): The Council is organizing a business mission to the 23rd ATM in Singapore, which will include a working luncheon with the ten ASEAN Transport Ministers and Senior Transport Officials. Bilateral meetings with priority countries will also be conducted. Please contact Sunita Kapoor at email@example.com and Jack Myint at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
October 17 - 18: 2017 Brunei Business Mission: The Council is now registering senior-level executives for our business mission to Brunei. The mission schedule will consist of bilateral meetings with senior government officials and other priority stakeholders. Contact Artha Sirat at email@example.com for more information.
November 27 to December 1: ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM)/Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN): TELSOM/TELMIN carry out the four objectives of the e-ASEAN Framework Agreement, mainly to (a) to develop, strengthen and enhance the competitiveness of the ICT sector; (b) reduce the digital divide within and amongst ASEAN Member Countries; (c) promote cooperation between the public and private sectors; (d) develop ASEAN Information Infrastructure. Please review our latest proposal for our engagement with TELSOM/TELMIN and provide feedback by September 27. For further information, please contact Shay Wester at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mario Masaya at email@example.com.
December 6-8: Myanmar Business Mission: Please save the date for the US-ASEAN Business Council's annual business mission to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, Myanmar. Official invitation with registration details to follow. Please contact Jack Myint at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to express interest.
|THE COUNCIL'S TAKE|
ASEAN Affirms Importance of Closer Coordination of Cybersecurity Efforts in the Region
The second ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC) took place on September 18, as part of the Singapore International Cyber Week 2017. The meeting focused on increasing capacity building efforts, strengthening cybersecurity and expanding cooperation regionally and internationally. All ten ASEAN member countries agreed to develop basic, operational and voluntary norms of behavior to guide the responsible use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the region. Ministers and senior officials from all ASEAN member countries and their counterparts from five ASEAN Dialogue Partners – Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and the United States – attended the meeting.
AMCC discussed cooperation on cybersecurity on domestic, regional and international levels. It was noted that as cyber threats become increasingly sophisticated, ASEAN members need to work together on all three levels to ensure a secure and resilient cyberspace in Southeast Asia. Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, delivered an opening speech on September 18, stressing major issues in domestic and regional cybersecurity and calling for specific cooperative measures in the future roadmap. All AMCC participants agreed to develop basic, operational and voluntary cyber norms of behavior in the region to strengthen internal cooperation in cybersecurity as well as to amplify ASEAN’s voice on international cyber discussions. Internationally, the Special Session highlighted the significance of regular and robust international cyber dialogue as well as cooperation between ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners. AMCC also emphasized the importance of information sharing to address trans-boundary cyber threats.
Thailand: Digital Economy Master Plan Among Tech Projects Approved
The Thailand Digital Economy and Society Committee approved the National Digital Economy Master Plan and the National E-Commerce Master Plan earlier this month. Both plans cover a span of five years from 2017 to 2021. With these plans, Thailand aims to get itself out of the middle income trap and lead its economy into a new digital era.
The National Digital Economy Master Plan states that seven smart cities will be developed under the supervision of the Digital Economy and Society Ministry, out of which, Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen are already under transformation while Rayong, Chon Buri and Chachoengsao will host three new smart cities within the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development zone. Additionally, mobile phone numbers and fixed-line numbers will increase from 9 digits to 10 digits, and ID numbers will double from 13 to 26 as the Smart Health ID number for healthcare services. In the health sector, the Ministry will implement 10 telemedicine projects to serve people and patients in remote areas, and enable online applications for medical assistance by introducing the Advanced Information Service (AIS), also known as AorSorMor.
Under the E-Commerce Plan, Thailand Post will provide e-payment and e-logistics services to enable individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises nationwide to sell their products via the e-marketplace to expand their businesses. The government also will invite international companies to invest in their artificial intelligence technology, Internet of Things and Data centers to upgrade the e-commerce sector.
OTT Regulatory Framework will be Flexible, says NBTC
On September 13, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) stated that the draft regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) businesses will be finalized by the end of the year, and will be in line with regional guidelines under development by the ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators' Council (ATRC). The NBTC further stated that the framework would consist of flexible conditions and proper measures. Following a two-day meeting with ARTC representatives from eight ASEAN Member States, telecom and OTT companies, and other stakeholders including the US-ASEAN Business Council, NBTC Chairman Thares Punsri said that the meeting’s initial conclusion would be passed to the formal meeting of the ATRC. Once Thailand’s OTT framework is complete, it will be open to public consultation. He did not elaborate on the exact timeline, or whether companies would have to be registered under a broadcast licensing regime. In June, the Council submitted a letter urging the Thai government to adopt forward-looking OTT regulations, and have engaged NBTC and other agencies regularly on the topic.
Prior to this statement there has been little clarity on the Thai government’s position and direction regarding the draft regulatory framework. Strict measures to regulate OTT’s would restrict providers’ ability to generate new business and enhance opportunities for local businesses. Allowing OTT’s to operate with flexibility would enhance the already robust e-commerce market in Thailand, which is estimated to grow to $123 billion by 2020.
Philippines: DICT Chief Rodolfo Salalima Resigns
On September 21, Malacañang Palace confirmed the resignation of Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, 14 months after he was appointed by President Duterte in June 2016. Duterte confirmed that he has accepted the resignation letter of Salalima. He said Salalima quit out of delicadeza because the Cabinet member used to be connected with a telecommunication firm. Duterte said he would still talk to Salalima about his resignation but revealed that he is now looking for a successor.
On September 22, Salalima spoke to DICT employees in an "emergency" general assembly, where he explained that he wanted to step down as the agency's top official because he could not deal with the "corruption and interference." Salalima noted that he agreed to accept the post of DICT Secretary when President Duterte promised there would be no interference or corruption; however, he stated that "on the issue of interference, it was not obeyed. Because of that, I had and must resign." According to Inquirer.net, a source noted that some of the inteference was coming from certain government factions, including pressure to favor certain suppliers in the DICT's largest project thus far, the P77.9-billion National Broadband Plan. This project provides high speed internet to unserved or underserved areas in the Philippines.
As the first secretary of DICT, formed in June 2016, Salalima is credited with implementing the free Wi-Fi project and establishing the national government portal. He consistently pushed toward the goals of delivering internet service to far-flung areas in the country and boosting internet speeds. Salalima is the seventh Cabinet member to leave the Duterte administration. His resignation leaves uncertainty for the future of DICT, as it is unclear who will lead the agency while the administration searches for a new Secretary, as well as who the new Secretary will be and what direction they will lead the agency in. The Philippines' efforts towards a digital economy may be delayed while the DICT is in flux, which may impact its engagement and cooperation with ICT companies in the country.
|IN THIS UPDATE|
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How Insurtech is changing the ASEAN insurance economy ASEAN Today 25th Sep 2017
E-commerce a top focus when S’pore chairs Asean TODAY 20th Sep 2017
Asean affirms importance of closer coordination of cybersecurity efforts in region Digital News Asia 19th Sep 2017
S’pore gives S$1.5m to boost Asean cyber security Today 19th Sep 2017
New ASEAN Cyber Drill Kicks Off in Vietnam The Diplomat 18th Sep 2017
Malware vulnerability high in Kingdom, report notes Phnom Penh Post 4th Sep 2017
Cambodia First to Sign Digital Framework Agreement AEC News Today 4th Sep 2017
Traditional Retail Sector Indonesia Needs to Adapt to Digital Reality | Indonesia Investments Indonesia Investments 25th Sep 2017
Deadline Extended for the Registration of Telecommunications Service Customers Hukum Online 25th Sep 2017
Jokowi promises to streamline regulations to boost digital economy Antara News 20th Sep 2017
Indonesia cooperates with WIPO to encourage economic innovation Antara News 19th Sep 2017
Government seeks solution for disputed online taxi regulation The Jakarta Post 8th Sep 2017
Jokowi highlights digital economy cooperation The Jakarta Post 7th Sep 2017
Bank Indonesia, Transport Ministry Team Up to Provide Cashless Commutes Jakarta Globe 7th Sep 2017
New US$238mil fund for tech companies in Malaysia, strengthens ecosystem Digital News Asia 10th Sep 2017
Ong: E-commerce will drive growth of micro, SMEs in global market The Star Online 23rd Sep 2017
NEC completes 100Gbps submarine cable construction in Malaysia Telecompaper 21st Sep 2017
‘Cybercrime a serious threat to nation’ the star 21st Sep 2017
Malaysia’s Securities Commission urges investor caution over ICO schemes Digital News Asia 7th Sep 2017
Malaysia Central Bank Expects To Finalize By October Digital Information Rules Of Banks' Clients-Official- Nikkei Asian Review 5th Sep 2017
Monetising Myanmar's potential The Business Times 6th Sep 2017
Myanmar among five most exposed countries: Microsoft Eleven Myanmar 3rd Sep 2017
DICT chief Salalima quits post 'out of delicadeza' - Duterte ABS-CBN News 21st Sep 2017
Salalima bares to DICT employees reasons for wanting to leave office Inquirer.net 22 Sept 2017
First submarine cable system to boost Davao’s internet connection Davao Today 23rd Sep 2017
Microsoft backs DepEd’s digital transformation The Manila Times 6th Sep 2017
AntiCorruption and Compliance Technology BusinessMirror 4th Sep 2017
PITC bags WiFi, defense procurement deals The Philippine Star 2nd Sep 2017
The future of payments in Singapore's Smart Nation Singapore Business Review 8th Sep 2017
Why Singapore's accountants need to embrace the cloud before they can take advantage of AI Singapore Business Review 7th Sep 2017
Singapore seen as top spot to launch global cyber attacks TODAY 22nd Sep 2017
$16m funding for projects to boost Singapore's cyber-security R&D The Straits Times 19th Sep 2017
Singapore’s Cybersecurity Bill delayed to 2018 Channel NewsAsia 18th Sep 2017
Agencies assigned to establish big data hub Bangkok Post 23rd Sep 2017
Thai-China digital partnership to focus on Big Data The Nation 22nd Sep 2017
Thailand Pivots Digital Strategies and Seeks to Grow Tech Sector with an Impact on GDP AsiaOne 21st Sep 2017
Plans fleshed out for Thailand The Nation 21st Sep 2017
Asean watchdogs gather to talk OTT Bangkok Post 15th Sep 2017
Schools get smart city grants Bangkok Post 13th Sep 2017
OTT regulatory framework will be flexible, says NBTC Bangkok Post 13th Sep 2017
NBTC to auction DTAC spectrum in January 2018 Bangkok Post 11th Sep 2017
Success gauge planned for digital evolution Bangkok Post 8th Sep 2017
Regulator slashes licence fees Bangkok Post 7th Sep 2017
Digital content firms meet legal barriers VietnamNet 22nd Sep 2017
Gov’t plans to use IT to connect trade promotion groups VietnamNet 22nd Sep 2017
Vietnam ranks sixth in global software outsourcing VietnamNet 21st Sep 2017
Mobile numbers in Vietnam to become portable among carriers Tuoi Tre News 21st Sep 2017
Decree to accelerate Hoa Lac Hi-tech project VietnamNet 18th Sep 2017
Lawmakers debate competition and cyber security laws VOV 15th Sep 2017
Vietnam at high risk of APT attack VietnamNet 13th Sep 2017
Vietnam pushes for Digital Transformation in Fourth Industrial Revolution VOV 10th Sep 2017