Inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Steering Committee in Dhaka

1- 2 November 2017

Over 100 international and regional ICT experts and government officials will attend the first session of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) Steering Committee from 1 to 2 November in Bangladesh, Dhaka.

The event is co-organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of Bangladesh to enhance regional broadband connectivity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as articulated in the Regional Road Map for Implementing Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific.

In a rapidly evolving and connected world, poverty is defined increasingly by isolation and disconnect from the benefits of information, knowledge and technological advancements. Whilst the Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the world’s ICT leaders, a recent ESCAP report ‘Artificial Intelligence and Broadband Divide: State of ICT Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific 2017’ revealed that the broadband divide is actually widening within the region.

In order to address broadband deficits, ESCAP member countries developed the AP-IS initiative, which aims to enhance affordability, availability, reliability and resilience of the broadband infrastructure across the region and help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. The AP-IS Steering Committee meeting marks the first major step to operationalize the governance structure, develop regional and subregional implementation plans, identify challenges and opportunities and develop partnerships with international and regional organizations.

What: Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) Steering Committee
Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Who: ESCAP, the Government of Bangladesh and partners including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank Institute, Internet Society, and LirneAsia
When: 1-2 November 2017

Note to Editors

You or your representatives are cordially invited to attend the opening session to be held at 9:00am on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Katie Elles, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, M: (66) 9481 525 36 / E: elles@un.org