The Asia-Pacific Digital Transformation Report 2022: Shaping Our Digital Future
The Asia-Pacific Digital Transformation Report 2022 (access here) is the first edition of a biennial flagship publication series of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and it was launched at the Committee on ICT, Science Technology and Innovation of ESCAP on 30 August 2022.
The Report aims to deepen our understanding of the rapid and complex digital transformation in the Asia-Pacific region, which resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the drive to mitigate the spread of the pandemic and its adverse impacts, many governments, businesses and people began to rapidly adopt digital technologies, becoming “digital by default”, thereby detonating a “digital big bang”.
The Report emphasizes the urgent need for policymakers and stakeholders to monitor the changing landscape of digital transformation at regional and country levels, and coordinate policies and actions for digital transformation.
The Report highlights the importance of political leadership and commitment at the highest level. It suggests three pathways that are aligned with the ESCAP Action Plan 2022-2026 of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS), which is a useful regional cooperative mechanism for promoting policy dialogue, cooperation and partnerships.
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