Mrs. Dewi Savitri Wahab
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia
to the United Nations
on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
At the Second Committee
On Agenda Item 50: Information and Communication Technology for Development
New York, 27 October 2009
1. I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). My group aligns itself with the statement made by the distinguished representative of Sudan on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
2. The development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an integral part of globalization and essential for strengthening and promoting economic, social and cultural development for all countries. Yet many parts of the world and segments of society still remain disconnected from the use of ICTs.
3. The internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) recognized the imperative to continue working together to develop the ICT sector and close the digital divide.
4. In this context, it is vital to further progress towards the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society outcomes. ASEAN reiterates its support to the Tunis Commitment (2005), as well as the Geneva Declaration of Principles on Building the Information Society: A Global Challenge in the New Millennium (2003).
5. Development of ICT, as outlined in the 2000 e-ASEAN Framework Agreement and the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP) on telecommunications and IT sectors, remain one of ASEAN’s top priorities. ASEAN is committed to strengthening its efforts towards achieving the goal of a connected, vibrant and secure ASEAN Community through providing universal access to ICT infrastructure and services.
6. To further achieve this objective, we have identified several measures to promote the development and use of ICTs as outlined in ASEAN’s Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint, including:
(i) Implementing capacity building programmes to increase ICT literacy among ASEAN people, including women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities;
(ii) Promoting positive use of ICT in particular the Internet;
(iii) Encouraging the introduction of ICT at all levels of education;
(iv) Enhancing the use of ICT to promote e-learning; and
(v) Developing a workforce and manpower with high levels of ICT proficiency and expertise.
7. As a complement to this, ASEAN Leaders approved the Second Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan 2009-2015, in which the promotion of ICT usage is identified as a significant part of ASEAN’s strategy to promote Human Resource Development. The first IAI Work Plan achieved significant progress in the ICT sector with the establishment of 31 ICT projects, 21 of which have been successfully implemented.
8. Furthermore, to advance ASEAN’s efforts towards an Economic Community, we are promoting cooperation to realize broadband connection across ASEAN. In line with this commitment, efforts are being undertaken to expedite the development and establishment of high-speed broadband connections between national information infrastructures in ASEAN. Key sectors including education, healthcare, transport and energy are enhancing cooperation at both regional and international levels to address common issues on broadband.
9. Finally, ASEAN would also like to express its appreciation to UNESCO and other UN agencies for their work in bridging the global digital divide, and promoting the use of ICTs as means to, among others, enhance productivity and promote e-learning. We believe the UN and its subsidiary bodies play a vital role to promote and expand development of this sector, and therefore, ASEAN reaffirms its commitment and support of the work of the Second Committee to come up with an effective and sustainable response to the challenges and opportunities of building a truly global Information Society that benefits all our peoples. We believe that it is imperative for us to continue working together to develop the ICT sector, both in terms of infrastructure and services, for the benefit of all communities.
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