Leapfrogging development with ICT


In November 2012, two important regional meetings on ICT were held. The first was the Asean ICT Ministers Meeting in the Philippines, which saw the launch of the Asean ICT Masterplan 2015.The second, the Committee on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), was organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Unescap) in Thailand.

During the CICT, Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the UN and executive secretary of Unescap, emphasised that ICT is both an engine of economic growth and a valuable source of innovation.

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