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Coordination among Governments benefits Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway

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Simplifying government policies would help develop the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway, speakers have suggested at a roundtable discussion of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).

Abu Saeed Khan, senior policy fellow of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active in the Asia-Pacific region, stressed coordination among government policies across Asia: "Government reforms could meet up 40 percent of Asia's infrastructural deficiency, the private sector will need to do the rest."

Mr. Kahn stressed expanding fibre optic network on the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway route to curb the expense of building an internet infrastructure. He also noted that “Internet connectivity in the US is at its peak while the situation in Europe is also satisfactory. But, unfortunately, there is no cross-border connectivity in Asia where 60% people of the world are living. They are entirely relying on submarine cables.”

Regional cooperation between countries, agencies and sectors was said to be of key importance in addressing connectivity issues and paving the way to realize the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway.

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