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Despite the great progress in deepening regional connectivity through information and communication technologies, Asia and the Pacific is still the most digitally divided region in the world, with less than eight per cent of the population connected to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet. As a result, millions of people are shut out from transformative digital opportunities in education, health and financial services. Women and girls, in particular, have lower levels of access to broadband Internet and other knowledge-enhancing technologies. The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband Internet for all people across Asia and the Pacific.

 

The Asia-Pacific E-Resilience Toolkit

The Asia-Pacific E-Resilience Toolkit offers insights into a spectrum of available ICT tools and best practices that may benefit policymakers in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance e-resilience and disaster risk management. The summary report will be updated when new policies/best practices are available.

The report can be downloaded at: http://drrgateway.net/sites/default/files/pdf-2018/Asia-Pacific%20E-Resilience%20Toolkit%20REPORT.pdf

Nepal ends India’s internet monopoly with Chinese link

A new era of connectivity has dawned in Nepal with its partnership with China to improve the nation’s ICT connectivity network. It was announced that Nepal Telecom and China Telecom Global worked together to lay optical fiber cables between Kerung in China and Rasuwagadi in Nepal connected through the hub at Sudhara in Kathmandu. The new fiber optic cable also provides an alternative in case of natural disasters such as the devastating earthquake in 2015. This project also considers the possibilities for increased bandwidth in the future.

Broadband Connectivity in Pacific Island Countries

‘Broadband Connectivity in the Pacific Island Countries’ is a Working Paper contributing to the policy dialogue on the implementation of the Asia Pacific Information Superhighway initiative spearheaded by ESCAP. The Working paper examined recent developments on broadband connectivity in the Pacific island countries, identifying important drivers of broadband adoption in recent years.

22nd Meeting of the Regional Interagency Working Group on Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Based on the outcome and suggestions at the 21st meeting organized on 4 December 2017, this meeting aims to elaborate coordination and planning of joint activities among participating agencies for the coming year. In particular, the meeting will discuss how agencies can contribute jointly to the efforts towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including through the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) scheduled at the end of March 2018.

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