UN-APCICT organizes a Regional Forum on ICT Capacity Building entitled, Where are we, where are we going and what will it take to fill the gap. The Forum will take place on 5 - 6 March 2007 in Incheon, Republic of Korea in conjunction with the first e-Government Training entitled, Planning, Designing, Implementing and Managing e-Government: Key Issues, Case Studies and Lessons Learned, on 7 - 9 March 2007. The event saw the participation of close to 200 representatives from governments, international, regional and national organizations, the private sector, academia and civil society from 49 countries.
Press Release No. G/03/2007
United Nations Information Services, Bangkok, 5 March 2007 – A senior United Nations official calls today on countries in Asia and the Pacific to take urgent actions to address a lack of human resources in information and communication technology (ICT), warning that inadequate capacity in the field could slow down the region’s development.
“Building human capacity is the core of the people-oriented and inclusive Information Society,” said Mr. Kim Hak-Su, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), at the opening of a regional forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea. However, the magnitude and scope required for building the needed skills was often beyond the limited resources of many developing countries in the region, Mr. Kim added.
The two-day forum, organized by UN-APCICT, aims to identify the key elements for an action plan on closing the gap in ICT human resource development. It brings together about 150 representatives from governments, international, regional and national organizations, the private sector, academia and the civil society.
“I am very delighted that the Regional Forum on ICT Capacity Building for the Asian Pacific region is being held here today in Korea”, said H.E. Mr. Rho Jun-Hyong, Minister of Information and Communication, Republic of Korea. By acting as the host country to UN-APCICT, Mr. Rho said, the government of the Republic of Korea was determined to play its part in bridging the global digital divide.
Extending a warm welcome to the participants, Mr. Sang-Soo Ahn, Mayor of Incheon City, said that the digital revolution and the development of ICT were instrumental in bringing about one of the most dramatic changes in history.
Both the Minister and the Mayor expressed their support to the Centre and its mission to position itself as an e-hub serving the region and beyond.
“It is hoped that this Forum will create a climate of cooperation among government leaders, development organizations, educators, and representatives from the private sector”, said Ms. Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of UN-APCICT. “We can work together to help bridge the digital divide and actively pursue knowledge-based development by building ICT human resource capacity.”