Social media has emerged in recent years as a powerful and widespread communication platform, and is now being used in a wide range of areas such as public administration, rural development, environmental protection, education, public health, combating corruption, and disaster communication and management, among others. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role of technologies in moving forward to the new normal, as countries and organizations are leveraging emerging technologies to redefine work and Build Back Better.
In celebration of the Samoa Cybersecurity Week, APCICT/ESCAP conducted a webinar on “Information Security and Privacy”, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of Samoa. The virtual training was held on 24 and 25 February 2021.
Local Governments, being the first respondents and the ones responsible for community development, have a critical role to play in managing disaster risks, protecting their citizens, and achieving community resilience. Recognizing the important role of the local government in disaster risk management, APCICT/ESCAP is developing an Academy Module on “ICT for Disaster Risk Management for Local Government”, aiming to equip local government officials with the essential knowledge and skills to understand the overall framework of disaster risk management and the practic
In line with its efforts to promote data protection and privacy in ASEAN countries, the Asian and Pacific Training Center for ICT for Development (APCICT) under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific conducted a virtual seminar on Data Privacy Law for Myanmar.
The event was co-organized with the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), Information Technology and Cyber Security Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications of Myanmar and was held from 25 to 28 January 2021.
Training of Trainers: Enhancing the capacities of women entrepreneurs in Samoa on using ICT tools in their businesses
The Samoa Business Hub (SBH) and APCICT/ESCAP organized a Training of Trainers: Enhancing the capacities of women entrepreneurs in Samoa on using ICT tools in their businesses on 21 January 2021, in Apia, Samoa. The TOT aims to strengthen capacities of SBH’s trainers in providing training support to women entrepreneurs on using digital tools in financial management and is part of the "ICT Accelerate" initiative.
Training of Trainers on E-Commerce Application for Women Entrepreneurs and Women-Owned Small Businesses in Viet Nam
The E-Commerce Development Centre (EDC), Department of E-commerce and Digital Economy, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam and APCICT/ESCAP organized a Training of Trainers on E-Commerce Application for Women Entrepreneurs and Women-Owned Small Businesses in Viet Nam from 18 to 23 December 2020 in Hanoi. The training aims to enhance the business knowledge and practical skills of trainers in the areas of e-commerce, digital marketing and communication, as well as cross-border e-commerce.
In an effort to help ASEAN Member States enhance their data privacy regimes, APCICT organized a virtual training seminar on “Data Privacy Laws in ASEAN”, in collaboration with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) of the Republic of the Philippines, from 30 November to 3 December 2020.
The Fifteenth Session of the APCICT Governing Council was held virtually on 26 November 2020.
The Governing Council reviewed the administration, financial status and progress of implementation of the Centre’s programmes. The outcome and recommendations of an independent evaluation conducted on APCICT in 2020 were presented and discussed during the session. The Council also provided advice on the strategic direction and future workplan of the Centre.
The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MCI) of Indonesia, in collaboration with the University of Indonesia and with support from APCICT, organized a National Training on “Data-Driven Governance”, on 17 November 2020.
The virtual seminar was based on the Bahasa Indonesia version of APCICT’s Academy Module on “Realizing Data-Driven Governance”. The event was attended by over 270 participants from central governments, local governments and academia.
In an effort to strengthen the capacities of women entrepreneurs and trainers in Papua New Guinea, APCICT co-organized a training on “Women ICT Frontier Initiative” (WIFI), in collaboration with the Digital Transformation Center (DTC-PNG) and ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, from 20 October to 3 November 2020.