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.