Southeast Asia turns to digital technology to drive recovery

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Xinhua – Southeast Asian countries are turning to digital technology as they embark on post-pandemic economic recovery and national digital transformation.

At Huawei Connect 2022 from September 19 to 21, an event bringing together global ICT (information and communications technology) industrialists, Thailand’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said Thailand should shift to a knowledge-intensive and innovation-intensive business model that prioritizes digital transformation as a key driver of economic growth in the post-pandemic era.

Among Southeast Asian countries, Thailand’s digital transformation started early and experienced rapid development. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic period, the penetration rate of major digital technology applications, such as mobile payment, e-commerce and cloud applications, has increased by more than 20 percent, according to Chaiwut.

From installing 5G stations to smart hospitals and floating solar farms, Chinese technologies can be seen in many aspects of the country’s digitalization journey. Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow thanked Huawei for its contribution to the country’s transformation, especially in 5G and cloud applications, and expressed hope for comprehensive collaboration to achieve a better and greener Thailand.

To better facilitate the region’s digital development, Huawei launched its latest “Go Cloud, Go Global” plan at the 3-day event, aiming to expand its partner network to deepen the company’s position in areas such as 5G, cloud and artificial intelligence. (IA).

Thailand aims to have the digital economy account for 30% of its GDP by 2027. Other Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia, have also prioritized digital transformation as part of of the national strategy.

Huawei is addressing regional digital infrastructure needs by operating data centers in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as launching new data centers in Indonesia later this year.

While the development of the digital industry offers opportunities to boost economic growth, it also creates an unprecedented demand for digital skills, especially among young people, according to Yang Mee Eng, executive director of the ASEAN Foundation.

She mentioned the Seed for the Future project, launched this year by the foundation in partnership with Huawei, which aims to unlock local potential in the ICT sector through knowledge transfer.

Huawei’s rotating chairman, Hu Houkun, has pledged to train an additional 500,000 ICT professionals over the next five years through the project’s initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Key words: economic recovery, Southeast Asia
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