Despite advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Asia-Pacific region nevertheless still suffers from a digital divide due to a lack of ICT connectivity.
India has overtaken the United States to become the world's second largest Internet market, with 333 million users, trailing China's 721 million, according to the State of Broadband 2016 report.
A regional workshop will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan to strengthen national capacity of SPECA countries in enhancing e-resilience, achieving UN SDGs and realising WSIS goals.
ESCAP launched a new study on the State of ICT in Asia and the Pacific, which uncovers the widening broadband divide in the region. Broadband connectivity is a critical foundation for the digital economy and sustainable development.