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APCICT was inaugurated on 16 June 2006 as a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and is located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Centre’s mission is to strengthen the efforts of the member countries of ESCAP to use ICT in their socio-economic development through human and institutional capacity building. To meet this objective, APCICT’s work is focused on three inter-related pillars – Training, Research and Advisory Services. Together they form an integrated approach to ICT human capacity building.

ESCAP is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region, and is a part of the UN Secretariat.  Based in Bangkok, Thailand, ESCAP consists of a number of divisions and departments, as well as four sub-regional offices and five regional institutes, of which APCICT is one.  The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) of ESCAP backstops APCICT’s capacity development work.

"ICT creates opportunities for us to devise new strategies towards inclusive, equitable and sustainable socio-economic growth and development. While the ability of countries to deploy and utilize ICT necessitates adequate ICT infrastructure and resources, the institutional and human capacities to harness the full potential of ICT for economic growth and sustainable development are equally important"
- Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

   APCICT exhibition   1st TOT3.Jun.2008  66th ESCAP Commission

Quotes on APCICT

“I am very happy the way the APCICT has expanded its activities. It’s no mean task or trivial that in a short span of less than 5 years, it has been able to engage in capacity building in human and also institutional capital in all ESCAP countries. And it is also heartwarming that these activities have now gone global.” 
Mr. Suryadevara Ramachandra Rao, Additional Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & IT, India (November, 2010)

“I think APCICT’s capacity building initiatives will bring great advantages.  It will help us make the correct decisions concerning ICTs to achieve the MDG Goals.” 
Daw Mo Mo Tun, Assistant Manager, Ministry of Communications, Posts and Telegraphs, Myanmar (March, 2010)

“We appreciate UN-APCICT because the Academy has eight modules which are very important for Viet Nam and its development.” 
Tran Duc Lai, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Information and Communication, Viet Nam (April, 2010)

"With increased connectivity, growth of mobile services and proliferation of communication tools such as social media, ICTs are providing fresh opportunities and solution to address persistent and emerging development challenges. Recognizing the lack of human and institutional capacities of many countries in the Asia and Pacific, APCICT has been dedicating to provide impactful capacity building programmes on ICTD for civil servants and youth, and it will continue to assist member States on how to utilize ICT in their national sustainable development goals."
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
(Video Message, 10th Governing Council in 2015)

"APCICT has been playing a vital role in strengthening ICT human and institutional capacities in the Asia and Pacific region. We look forward to the Centre’s efforts to enhance and expand its capacity building programmes in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals"
Ms. Chitranganie
 Mubarak, Chairperson, Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka

(10th Governing Council in 2015)

"The Government of Afghanistan recognizes the importance of ICT in building good governance to provide equal opportunities for both urban and rural communities to experience equal socio-economic growth to build sustainable societies. We greatly appreciate APCICT’s efforts to strengthen ICT knowledge and applications in development through localized capacity building training programmes."
Mr. Muhammad Aimal Marjan, Deputy Minister IT, Ministry of Communications and IT, Afghanistan
(2015 Regional Dialogue on ICTD Capacity Building for Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Development and Annual Partners Meeting)

"The Korean government is proud to be a longstanding partner and supporter of APCICT’s such dynamic activities.  And our Ministry’s assessment concluded that the center’s strategy to focus on ICT capacity development of government officials, next-generation ICT leaders and journalists has been very effective and had a strong impact."
Mr. Choi Yanghee, Minister, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Republic of Korea
(2016 Regional Forum on ICT Human Capacity Development and Launch of Women and ICT Frontier Initiative)

"Today, ICT plays a critical role in our lives. It has been applied to transport, telecommunications, disaster prevention and many other areas.  At the same time, it brings people all over the globe closer. In this sense, UN-APCICT has contributed a lot by enhancing human capacity through training programs."
Mr. Yoo Jeong-bok, Mayor, Incheon Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea
(2016 Regional Forum on ICT Human Capacity Development and Launch of Women and ICT Frontier Initiative)

Quotes on Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme

 “The Academy is a good opportunity for Cambodia to promote ICT, and build government officials capacity with the support of UN-APCICT.” 
Chea Manit, Deputy Secretary General, National ICT Development Authority, Cambodia (March, 2010)

“The Academy in our country is very important because it is about how to improve professionalism for our government officials in working for e-government in our country, and how to better serve and make one identity for nationals.” 
Mr. Wiryanta, Deputy Director, ICT Profession Research and Development Center, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Indonesia (November, 2010)

“The Academy has brought to the forefront higher levels of consciousness and awareness on the value of ICT in our day to day lives.” 
Ms. Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones Executive Director, Career Executive Service Board, Philippines (November, 2010)

“Academy training has been critical in insuring the sustainability of the Government of Uzbekistan and UNDP in Uzbekistan programmes and projects to develop ICT capacity in the country.” 
Mr. Bokhodir Shavkatovich Ayupov, Task Manager, UNDP “ICT Policy” Project, Uzbekistan, (November, 2010)

"The session on Data in Smart governance was a useful addition to the conference. However, the expectations from the session could have been achieved even more if there was some amount prior engagement with APCICT before the conference. Nevertheless, this is an area that needs little more time and there is a great scope for cooperation in Data Smart Governance through the APCICT."
 Dr. Anand, Senior Economic Adviser, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India
(2016 Regional Forum on ICT Human Capacity Development and Launch of Women and ICT Frontier Initiative)

"Academy Programme marks an important step in cooperating with APCICT to help strengthen human capacity in ICT, something which the country (Lao PDR) is very much in need of… I personally believe that the module on social media for development will give us the opportunity to seek some of the answers including how it could be applied for civil engagement, governance and development."
Mr. Phoukhong Chithoublok, Acting Director-General, Planning and Cooperation Department, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
(Launch of the ‘Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders’ and National Workshop on ‘Linkage between ICT Applications and Meaningful Development’ and ‘Social Media for Development’ in 2015)

Quotes on Turning Today's Youth into Tomorrow's Leaders Programme

“This programme gave me a new perspective of ICT. I now know that ICT gives a really good contribution for development, especially for my country and also for all the less developed countries.” 
Hasrul Reeza bin Mustaffa, Student, Malaysia (August, 2010)

“Participation in the programme taught me that When it’s used appropriately, ICT can help in the growth of a nation. So it can be used in many different areas, such as poverty alleviation, promotion of gender equality, good governance.” 
Karla Delos Santos, Student, Philippines (August, 2010)

“When I came here to APCICT I can see how ICT can support development, like for economy, for education, and for all sectors in our life.” 
Nguyen Thi Hang, Student, Viet Nam (August, 2010)

"There are many good ideas to higher education institutions/university leader that I could bring back to enhance AUN member universities through engaged learning, ICT/Digital competencies development, characteristics of global digital citizens to be trained, educated adequately."
Dr. Nantana Gajaseni, Executive Director, ASEAN University Network Secretariat
(2016 Regional Forum on ICT Human Capacity Development and Launch of Women and ICT Frontier Initiative)

"The Regional Training of Trainers Workshop on Primer Series 2 on ‘Project Management and Information and Communication Technology for Development’ and Monitoring & Evaluation of the Primer Programme has been useful providing a framework covering the complete project management cycle, which serves as the basis for scaling-up ICTD projects"
Ms. Heidilyn Veloso Gamido, Faculty member of Tarlac State University, Philippines
(2014 Regional Training of Trainers Workshop on Primer Series)

"Qafqaz University is pleased to be partnering the United Nations in this very important initiative, Primer Series on ICTD on Youth, in an increasingly digital and connected world, nurturing and developing the ICT capacity of the next generation of leaders is essential."
Dr. Ahmet Sanic, Rector of the University Azerbaijan
 (2012 Training of Trainers Workshop on Primer Series)

Quotes on APCICT Virtual Academy (AVA)

“AVA has broadened my knowledge and it has given me the necessary skills and experience in understanding, seeing, and utilizing ICT for development purposes.” 
Yusuf Javed, Education Technologist, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji (November, 2010)

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