Report of Conference on National Policies and Projects for Digital Society in Asia
Nov. 19, 2019
Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel
CICC conducted its annual invitational program, welcoming IT personnel from government organizations in 8 ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) and 5 South Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). On Nov. 19, a "Conference on National Policies and Projects for Digital Society in Asia" was held by CICC and supported by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), ASEAN-JAPAN CENTRE and Institute of Digital Government, Waseda University.

CICC President Toshiaki HIGASHIHARA (President and CEO at Hitachi, Ltd.) delivered an opening address. The guest, Mr. Takayuki KAWAUCHI, Deputy Director on behalf of Mr. Jingo KIKUKAWA, Director, IT Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) made a speech as his salutation, °»Japanese Government will promote Society 5.0 where cyberspace and physical space are highly integrated and so-called human centered society. To realize the Society 5.0, the Data Free Flow with Trust is important. It means the information must be flowed cross border in a well-secured manner. And it is indispensable for us to cooperate with people in Asia and we would like to cooperate with you to respond various needs, solve the various problems and grow economy in the Society 5.0°…

At the keynote speech, Mr. Takuyuki KAWAUCHI introduced trends of IT policies in Japan and METI°«s efforts as titled °»Overview of New IT Strategy –Toward digitalizing all of society– °».

Each delegate from 13 Asian countries respectively made presentations on their current status of IT, IT policies, progress of flagship projects. There were active exchange of views among the participants and the delegates. They highly appreciated this conference.

During the invitational period, the invitees got opportunities to visit METI, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology to study IT policies and the state of the art national R&D programs in Japan and exchange views. They also visited Hitachi, NEC, Fujitsu and NTT DATA, which are CICC members, to grasp the latest IT utilization trends in Japan and exchange information.

CICC will continue and enhance cooperative relationship with Asian countries.

*Please click here for the conference program and presentation slides.

Photo 1 °ß Invitees and related members Photo 2 °ß Conference view