To support member States to enhance women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship as a strategy for poverty reduction, social wellbeing and sustainable economic growth towards the realisation of SDG 5 on Gender equality, ESCAP is implementing a five-year (2019-2023) regional programme on “Catalysing Women’s Entrepreneurship – Creating a Gender-Responsive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” funded by the Government of Canada.
The 14th Session of the APCICT’s Governing Council was held on 28 November 2019 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
The Governing Council reviewed the administration, financial status and progress of implementation of the Centre’s programmes. It also provided strategic advice on the Centre’s future work plan and activities in support of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
APCICT organized a Consultative meeting on “Capacity Building for Digital Development in Asia Pacific” on 27-28 November 2019 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
APCICT and the Union Civil Service Board (UCSB) of Myanmar co-organized the National Workshop on ICTs for Sustainable Development on 13-14 November 2019 at the Central Institute of Civil Service (Lower Myanmar), Myanmar.
ESCAP/APCICT and SHE Investments launch "Kotra Riel", a Bookkeeping Mobile Application for Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs
To support and empower women-owned micro-small businesses in Cambodia, APCICT and SHE Investments, a Cambodia-based social enterprise, launched “KOTRA Riel”, a bookkeeping mobile application.
KOTRA Riel will help Cambodian micro women entrepreneurs accurately track their daily income and expenses and produce basic financial reports. In Cambodia, many micro women entrepreneurs are unable to apply for financial loans for business expansion due to inability to accurately report business income and expenditures.
APCICT/ESCAP, in collaboration with SHE Investments, a business incubator for women-owned micro-small businesses in Cambodia, conducted a Training of Trainers on ICT and Basic Financial Management for Women Entrepreneurs in Phnom Penh on 5-7 November 2019. The TOT aims to train local trainers to deliver basic business financial management training, including the use of a bookkeeping mobile app, to Cambodian women micro entrepreneurs.
In collaboration with the Royal Institute of Management (Bhutan), APCICT co-organized a National Training of Trainers on Data-Driven Governance from 23 to 25 October 2019, in Thimphu.
In an effort to strengthen the capacities of government officials and policymakers of Kazakhstan on data-driven governance, the Centre of Applied Research and International Partnership and the Institute of Professional Development of the Academy of Public Administration for Kazakhstan and APCICT co-organized a National Training on Evidence-Based Decision Making from 7 to 9 October 2019, in Nur-Sultan.
Recognizing the tremendous impact of digital technologies in improving local governance and development, APCICT has been strengthening its partnerships with local governments and stakeholders to provide ICT capacity building support to local government officials. In line with this effort, APCICT conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) on Digital Local Government in Manila, Philippines on 24-26 September 2019. The TOT was organized in collaboration with the De La Salle University – Jesse M.
The Expert Group Meeting on ICT for Disaster Risk Management took place on 26-27 August 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of ESCAP’s Disaster Resilience Week.