ASEAN is the fastest growing Internet market in the world. With 125,000 new users coming onto the Internet every day, the ASEAN digital economy is projected to grow significantly, adding an estimated $1 trillion to regional GDP over the next ten years.
However, many significant roadblocks stand in the way of realizing this potential.
For most ASEAN countries, the roadblocks include, among other things, inadequate digital infrastructure; restrictions on cross border flow of data; absence of harmonized rules and regulations on e-commerce including questions around data protection, blockages at customs, burdensome business licensing processes, and absence of digital payment solutions; shortage of digital human capital; absence of regional e-payment systems and regional digital identity frameworks; weak resilience against cyber-attacks; and lack of empirical evidence to inform ASEAN digital policy.
ASEAN has laid out important policy measures and frameworks, including the AEC Blueprint 2025, Masterplan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, and the e-ASEAN Framework Agreement, to address these roadblocks. However, meeting these ambitious goals will demand detailed research, visionary policy-making, and substantial buy-in from regional stakeholders.
Thailand ready to host ASEAN Summit from Nov 2 – 4
The summit will be attended by many leaders from 10 ASEAN member countries and those from China, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, India and the United Nations.
The Director-General of the Department of Information and spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) disclosed that Thailand is ready to host the 35th ASEAN Summit and related meetings from November 2 – 4, 2019.(more…)
Malaysia and Thailand better positioned to develop e-commerce
Countries with more developed infrastructure, such as Malaysia and Thailand, are better positioned to develop e-commerce. Thailand could be set to experience a surge in e-commerce activities over the coming years
Online shopping is increasingly popular in key ASEAN cities, thanks to improved infrastructure and the variety of payment options, including cash-on-delivery, bank transfer or paying at the 7-Eleven store.(more…)
Tackling regional haze problems tops September “ASEAN Today”
JAKARTA, 23 September 2019 – The September 2019 edition of “ASEAN Today” looks at the recurring problem of air pollution caused by forest fires in Indonesia. Raissa Chentami of The Indonesia Channel anchors the program from the new ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.(more…)
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