CONNECT2SEA organised the Policy Dialogue Roundtable Meeting with TELSOM

On March 1, 2016 the Policy Dialogue Roundtable Meeting with representatives of TELSOM (ASEAN Telecommunications Senior Officials Meeting) was organized by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) of Thailand with the cooperation of the Agency of Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) of Indonesia under the CONNECT2SEA project, at BPPT Building in Jakarta, Indonesia. One representative of each of 10 ASEAN Member States participated in this meeting, as well as guest speakers from European countries. Dr. Budi Yuwono, Senior Officer, ICT and Tourism Division, Sectoral Economic Community Department responsible for ASEAN TELSOM attended the meeting, delivered the welcome speech and actively participated in the discussion. 

The goals of the meeting were:

  • To familiarise participants with the EU priorities and roadmaps (Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, as well as European Cybersecurity Strategy, public-private partnerships and industry involvement) and ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2016-2020 priorities: correlations and challenges;
  • To discuss about the growing needs for coordination and synergies: between ICT regulations and ICT policies, between ICT policies and ICT R&D, among other needs;
  • To discuss about the missing elements required on the strategic level to reinforce EU and ASEAN ICT policy collaboration.



The presentations covered the following issues:

  • Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, Stakeholders’ contribution to Digital Single Market Strategy: a case of  ETNO - European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association;
  • Observations on ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2016-2020 and areas with clear collaboration potential;
  • Cyber security policy in Europe and ASEAN.

CONNECT2SEA findings were also presented and discussed. The Roundtable discussion on the interests of ASEAN Member States in ICT collaborations with the EU countries took place after presentations focusing on challenges, obstacles and suggestions on mechanisms to support the collaboration.     

The results and materials of the roundtable meeting will be included in the final report with policy recommendations which to be prepared by the CONNECT2SEA project.

The two extracts below highlight the relevance of some goals and priorities in EU and ASEAN:


View from ASEAN: ASEAN ICT Master Plan (AIM) 2016-2020

The vision of AIM 2020 is to propel ASEAN towards a digitally-enabled economy that is secure, sustainable, and transformative; and to enable an innovative, inclusive and integrated ASEAN Community.

The AIM 2020 Vision will result in five key outcomes that reflect how ASEAN will transform and adapt the new digital economy by 2020. These are (1) An Accessible, Inclusive and Affordable Digital Economy, (2) Deployment of Next-Generation ICT as Enablers of Growth, (3) Sustainable Development through Smart City Technologies, (4) Multiple ICT Opportunities across a Single Regional Market, and (5) Secure Digital Marketplaces, Safe Online Communities.

The eight interconnected Strategic Thrusts support the Vision and the Outcomes of the AIM 2020 are (1) Economic Development and Transformation, (2) People Integration and Empowerment through IC, (3) Innovation, (4) ICT Infrastructure Development, (5) Human Capital Development, (6) ICT in the Single Market, (7) New Media and Content, and (8) Information Security and Assurance


View from European Union: a Connected Digital Single Market

 “By creating a connected digital single market, we can generate up to EUR 250 billion of additional growth in Europe in the course of the mandate of the next Commission, thereby creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, notably for younger job-seekers, and a vibrant knowledge-based society. To achieve this, I intend to take, within the first six months of my mandate, ambitious legislative steps towards a connected digital single market, notably by swiftly concluding negotiations on common European data protection rules; by adding more ambition to the ongoing reform of our telecoms rules; by modernising copyright rules in the light of the digital revolution and changed consumer behaviour; and by modernising and simplifying consumer rules for online and digital purchases. This should go hand-in-hand with efforts to boost digital skills and learning across society and to facilitate the creation of innovative start-ups. Enhancing the use of digital technologies and online services should become a horizontal policy, covering all sectors of the economy and of the public sector."

(Extracted from the Political Guidelines for the next European Commission – "A New Start for Europe: My Agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change" by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, 15 July 2014).


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