Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 04:08
(Siem Reap) The US-ASEAN Business Council concluded its business mission to the 17th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials and Ministers Meeting (TELSOM and TELMIN, respectively) in Siem Reap, Cambodia today, where eight leading American technology companies engaged key government officials on embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution through public-private partnership.
The delegation met with H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand; H.E. Eliseo M. Rio Jr., Acting Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology of the Philippines; H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Cambodian Minister of Posts and Communications; H.E. Rudiantara, Indonesian Minister of Communication, Information, and Technology; H.E. Lim Hong Hin Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Economic Community Department; Dr. Thavisak Manodham, Lao Director General of the ICT Department in the Ministry of Posts and Communications; and Steve Lang, Deputy U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy to further discuss ASEAN’s enormous potential in its digital economy and expanding the utilization of ICT as a horizontal enabler to support inclusive economic growth and development. The delegation was co-led by the Council’s ICT Committee Chair, Julie Welch, Vice President, Government Affairs, Southeast Asia, Taiwan & Pacific for Qualcomm and Shay Wester, Director of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
At the plenary session with TELSOM officials, US-ABC delegates made a presentation on the impact of the fourth industrial revolution and how private sector can help ASEAN embrace it particularly on two areas in the ASEAN ICT Masterplan (AIM) 2020: Innovation and Information Security and Assurance. Delegates also proposed to organize an ASEAN-US Digital Policy Consultative Forum to TELSOM officials; a regular public-private sector engagement in the form of roundtable discussions to share the latest innovation and best practices in making the transformation to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Forum aims to provide capacity-building and strengthen harmonization of regulatory approaches to help spur the growth of the digital economy in ASEAN, improve access to digital services and tools to ASEAN people, governments and businesses, promote innovation through technology and policy approaches and strengthen information security in ASEAN.
“We are here in Siem Reap to demonstrate to ASEAN that the U.S. private sector is eager to serve as a key partner in realizing the ambitious vision outlined in the AIM 2020, including encouraging the growth of the digital economy in ASEAN and emphasizing the value of international best practices on e-commerce trade to reach ASEAN member states’ growth targets,” said Shay Wester. “It is an exciting time as ASEAN places priority focus on e-commerce and the digital economy in 2018. We look forward to working the ASEAN Member States to achieve the goals set out under the AIM 2020 vision.”
“The American business community shares the vision stated in AIM2020 that fostering a vibrant and responsive ICT sector is a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors. We are especially excited about our proposal for an ASEAN-US Digital Policy Consultative Forum, which will lead to increased collaboration between the U.S. business community and ASEAN Member States,” added Julie Welch.
Companies participating in the delegation included Facebook, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Oracle, Qualcomm, Salesforce, Seagate and Visa.