The Ministers responsible for ICT, from 32 Members and Associate Members of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), met in Singapore during 25-26 June 2019 to commit to a connected digital future for the region by adopting the “Singapore Statement on Co-creating a Connected Digital Future in the Asia-Pacific”.
On behalf of the Government of Mongolia, representatives from CITA, CRC headed by Mr. Chinbat Baatarjav, Chairman of CITA attended the meeting. Mr. Chinbat gave Mongolian Statement under the topic of Digital Transformation, Digital Innovation and Creativity introducing about current measures and achievements towards to the development of digital transformation in Mongolia and conveyed the Congratulatory Messages of Prime Minister, Mr. Khurelsukh Ukhnaa to all delegates on the occasion of 40th Anniversary of the APT.
The Singapore Statement sets out the vision of a connected digital future through the development of ICT in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting was last held in Brunei Darussalam in 2014. Over the past five years, the ICT development in the region has shown remarkable improvements in accordance with the key priority areas identified at that meeting.
Cognisant of the rapidly evolving digital and ICTs landscape, the Ministers have identified the following five new Strategic Goals in the Singapore Statement to guide efforts to build a connected digital future in the Asia-Pacific region:
- Digital Transformation which aims to provide an enabling environment for ICT development through improved ICT connectivity and access for citizens and businesses so as to accelerate the digital transformation of the economy and society, which will in turn contribute to socio-economic growth, innovation and better delivery of public services;
- Digital Innovation and Creativity which aims to create an environment which is conducive for digital innovation and creativity, by introducing policies and frameworks that encourage emerging technologies, accelerate the growth of digital entrepreneurship, and promote international standards on ICT;
- Digital Community which aims to make ICT accessible to everyone in our communities, including in the unserved and underserved geographical regions and people from vulnerable groups and to embrace diversity, through inclusive policies and the development of reliable ICT infrastructure;
- Digital Trust which aims to encourage trusted and secured systems which promote the protection of data privacy, facilitate free and secure flow of information, and are resilient towards cyber threats, so that people can engage in online activities with confidence and openly share information online; and
- Digital Capacity Building and Partnerships which aim to build the digital literacy and skills of all citizens so that they will be well-equipped to work collaboratively, both within the ICT sector as well as across other sectors, towards co-creating a connected digital future in the region.