UNDP Report on Framing Policies for the Digital Economy

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This discussion paper is meant for those who are involved in policy debates on the digital economy, associated opportunities and challenges. Key concepts and technologies are explained and 3 case studies (Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) reviewed for insights into policy frameworks that may offer pointers for policy frameworks towards an inclusive digital economy in Asia-Pacific.

The discussion paper has been jointly published by the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence and the Institute for Systems Science (ISS), National University of Singapore (NUS).
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Connectivity, Innovation and Growth: Fostering an Open Internet in Asia – A Report by TRPC

news This report looks at the ways countries in Asia have, and can, address the challenges associated with increasing Internet adoption and the surging demand for bandwidth. Many governments have prioritized Internet adoption—the fundamental requirement for building and promoting a digital economy as the future driver of growth—in their development plans. To ensure that all citizens have affordable access some have created public-private partnerships to expand roll out. To ensure growth and innovation, policymakers must continue to support the fundamentals of the open Internet. [more]

Leaders Today, Gone Tomorrow? CA Technologies APJ Application Economy Index 2016

news The CA Technologies Asia Pacific & Japan Application Economy Index 2016 identifies the readiness of 10 APJ markets to thrive in today’s digital world. Singapore leads the top half followed by Australia, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong respectively, while Malaysia, China, Thailand, India and Indonesia make up the rest of the ranks. [more]

GSMA: Digital Identities – Advancing digital societies in Asia Pacific

A new report by GSMA, and co-authored by TRPC, examines the digital society plans of eight Asia Pacific countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, and Thailand. While these markets vary considerably in terms of focus, outlook, and level of technology integration; there are general guidelines to consider when building a national digital agenda. [more]

Regulating for a digital economy: Understanding the importance of cross-border data flows in Asia

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This report developed in collaboration with Brookings Institution looks at defining the issues around data flows in Asia Pacific, particularly with respect to cross-border data flows to help readers better understand the importance of cross-border data flows in Asia. It focused on the blockers and accelerators of the digital economy, and includes case studies from Indonesia, India, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam.
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APEC E-payment Readiness Index: Ecosystem Assessment and Status Report

news The APEC E-Payment Readiness Index: Ecosystem Assessment and Status report assesses the level of readiness and future potential of the 21 APEC economies to engage in, adopt and reap the broad range of economic and societal benefits that e-payments hold. The report was undertaken with a view to testing the assumption that there is a strong and growing link between e-payment penetration and economic growth. And that, any such link was worth identifying and beginning to measure, along with a canvassing of the barriers to e-payment adoption across the various APEC economies.[more]