Digital Innovation

We now live in a digital world. Communications and trade are growing exponentially across borders and devices. However, these advances are not taking place at the same speed for all communities within ASEAN. This digital divide needs to be bridged with innovations to support inclusive economic growth.

The Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 promotes the adoption of digital technology by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through developing a workplan to enhance their participation in the digital economy.

Furthermore, the MPAC 2025 seeks to improve open data use and digital data management by establishing an ASEAN open data network and an ASEAN digital data governance framework respectively. An ASEAN open data network enables the peoples and governments to collaborate in making informed decisions towards improved delivery of public services while an ASEAN digital data governance framework promotes cooperation among ASEAN Member States towards the protection of personal data in ASEAN.

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"If [the consumer data we collect] is to be shared within the ASEAN region with proper governance policies, it could potentially transform the business landscape of ASEAN."
Mr. See Chung Ting, Founder of Snapfeed, Brunei Darussalam
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"All ASEAN Member States need to be concerted in our effort as we integrate our SMEs to meet the demands of Industrial Revolution 4.0, so that they can contribute higher to the overall GDP of ASEAN."
Datuk Dr. Hafsah Hashim, CEO of SME Corporation Malaysia
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Digital Innovation | 28 October 2019
Study on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Participation in the Digital Economy in ASEAN
As ASEAN advances to become the worlds fourth largest economy by 2030, it is undergoing a transition marked by a demographic shift to a younger population, a rising middle class, and rapid adoption of technology. With many mobile-first markets in the region, ASEAN is expected to see rapid increase in…
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