ADOC Secretariat Office, Chinese Taipei June 16th, 2011
ADOC Secretariat is proud to announce the recent opening of two new APEC Digital Opportunity Centers in Quang Tri province and Hue city, Vietnam, this past June15th. The centers were established in cooperation with local partners Informatics - Sci&tech Information Center of Quang Tri, and Zhi Shan Foundation. To commemorate the event, partners organized an opening ceremony for the ADOC 2.0 center in Quang Tri province. The two ADOC centers were handed over as a donation by ADOC Secretariat, represented by Dr. Chih-Kung Lee, President of Institute for Information Industry. Witnesses at the opening ceremony included Mr. Chih-Peng Huang, Representative of Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Vietnam (TETO), and Mr. Nguyen Duc Chinh, Vice President of People’s Committee of Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. In June 16th, ADOC Secretariat, with the cooperation of local partner World Vision Vietnam, opened two additional new ADOC Centers in Phuoc Son District. During the centers’ opening ceremony in Hanoi, Dr. Chih-Kung Lee, representing ADOC Secretariat, symbolically donated the two centers to World Vision Vietnam, with Mr. Chih-Peng Huang acting as a witness during the event. As part of his remarks, Dr. Lee briefed the background of the ADOC 2.0 project, an initiative proposed by Chinese Taipei during the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. The ADOC 2.0 project seeks to bridge the socio-economic disparities arising from the digital divide, allowing disadvantaged groups to benefit from the ICT revolution. Thanks to the strong sponsorship of ASUS Foundation, ADOC Secretariat has been able to donate 126 ASUS laptops that have been fitted at APEC Digital Opportunity Centers in Vietnam during 2011. Vietnam joined the ADOC project in 2005. With this latest addition, the ADOC project has managed to successfully establish 18 computer centers in Partner Member Economy Vietnam. Thus far, around 29,000 Vietnamese have received training at the ADOC centers in Thai Nguyen, Thai Binh, Hanoi, HCMC, Dong Na, Binh Duong and Lam Dong. This year, with the establishment of these four ADOC Centers in the central area of Vietnam, ADOC Secretariat will be benefiting many disadvantaged members of the community, providing them with much needed education, skills and access to services provided via the internet. The ADOC project is a self-funded multi-year Economic and Technical Cooperation (ECOTECH) initiative that Chinese Taipei first raised at the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. It aims to assist in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The first phase of the ADOC project was launched in August 2004 and was concluded at the end of 2008. The second phase ADOC project, ADOC 2.0 project, was proposed during the 2007 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and launched in 2009 by Chinese Taipei.