Connect Asia-Pacific Summit 2013

HIGH-LEVEL PANEL

Envisioning Asia-Pacific 2020

11:00-12:30, 18 November 2013

Bangkok, Thailand

Leaders at the Asia-Pacific Summit will be adopting the Leaders’ Vision for Asia-Pacific 2020: Smartly DIGITAL (Digital Inclusive Green Innovative Transformative Affordable Living). Based on initial and ongoing consultations, Leaders will place great importance on access, use, creation, and sharing of information and knowledge to empower individuals, communities, industries and countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable development in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the Declaration of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

The Asia-Pacific region has witnessed one of the fastest growths in telecommunications/ICTS ICTs and particularly mobile telephony, while seven out of 25 top performers on ITU’s ICT Development Index (IDI-2013) are from the Asia-Pacific. Despite this stupendous growth, 77.5% of the population in the Asia-Pacific does not have access to Internet, while the situation for broadband access is even more challenging – i.e., huge potential of potentials for investments. Considering the role of digitization and broadband penetration in countries’ socio-economic development, most governments, service providers, manufacturers, investors and other stakeholders are gearing towards reaching a digital inclusive green innovative transformative affordable living (DIGITAL) society as we move towards 2020. This opportunity encompasses, among other aspects, a huge potential for investment in the Region.

Telecommunications/ICTs have an enormous impact on virtually all aspects of our lives, while being globally recognized as a critical enabler for creative economy and socio-economic development in all countries with in different phases of development. However, many people can’t take advantage of this resource because of financial impediment, disabilities, low-literacy, remoteness, cultural and language barriers. Here, the ability of ICTs to reduce many traditional obstacles, especially those of time and distance, makes it possible to use their potential to achieve digital inclusion for all walks of lives in the world including in particular the Asia-Pacific Region. People benefiting from this opportunity would ranging range from persons with disabilities, elderly persons, indigenous communities, disadvantaged women, men and, youth to many more marginalized and underprivileged groups, while supporting them to enjoy independent life, fully participate in and contribute to society, as well as improve their accessibility and affordability with more opportunities for jobs, health care and education. It is critical to extend the benefits of telecommunications/ICTs to ALL members of the society, in order to build a truly inclusive and sustainable information and digital society, with special focus on those of currently underprivileged and/or marginalized.

The High Level Panel will focus on addressing the challenges faced by the Asia-Pacific region particularly developing countries in the region, in their efforts to harness the full potential of ICTs to extend its benefits to all of society and the economy including SMEs and micro­ businesses, in order to build a truly inclusive and sustainable information and digital society. Panellists will also exchange novel ideas and their insights and visions for "Asia­ Pacific 2020: Smartly DIGITAL"

CHAIRMAN

Introductory Remarks by

Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré

Secretary-General

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

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PANELLISTS

Keynote Address

H.E. Mr. Keat Chhon

Deputy Prime Minister

Kingdom of Cambodia

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Dr. Noeleen Heyzer

Executive Secretary of UN-ESCAP

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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Senator Mr. Monthian Buntan

Senator and Person with Disabilities (PwDs) Champion

Thailand

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Dr. Javad Mottaghi

Secretary General

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)

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Mr. Jon Fredrik Baksaas

President and CEO,

Telenor Group

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Ms. Gabrielle Gauthey

Executive Vice President, in charge of Global Government and Public Affairs

Alcatel-Lucent

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Mr. Josh Rice

CTO, Worldwide Public Sector

Microsoft

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Professor Tim Unwin

Secretary General

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

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Organised By

Minister of ICT International Telecommunication Union