Seeking to build a digital, intelligent Asia-Pacific

April 30, 2024 | 08:00
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More than 2,000 government officials, scholars, partners, and analysts from 15 Asia-Pacific countries and regions gathered at the Huawei Digital and Intelligent APAC Congress in Thailand on April 29 to discuss the deployment of digital and intelligent infrastructure.

The event was jointly held by Huawei and the ASEAN Foundation.

Seeking to build a digital, intelligent Asia-Pacific
Sabrina Meng, deputy chairwoman, rotating chairwoman, and CFO of Huawei, delivering an opening speech via video

According to experts, the Asia-Pacific digital economy is in a golden age. Countries and regions are actively exploring intelligence while promoting digital development. To date, Huawei has supported the digital transformation of more than 100,000 enterprise partners in Asia-Pacific. Through continuous technological innovation, Huawei is helping the region to build leading network and data centre infrastructure. Together, they have built OpenLabs, 5G joint innovation labs, and other platforms to meet local customers' business needs.

Making her opening speech at the event, Sabrina Meng, deputy chairwoman of the board and CFO of Huawei, said, "Asia-Pacific is not only one of the world's most vibrant regions, it has also become a role model for other regions that are trying to go digital and grow their digital economies. Huawei has been honoured to be part of this process. It has been great to work with such wonderful customers and partners who are driving the region's digital transformation."

Meng also added, "We value research and innovation. And over the past decade, we have invested over one trillion Chinese yuan into research and development. Moving forward, we will continue to focus on creating value for customers. And we will openly collaborate with partners to provide 5.5G, cloud, digital power, and other technologies. We want to do our part to bring the benefits of digital and intelligent technologies to people in Asia-Pacific, and we want to promote the integrated development of the digital and real economies."

According to Nararya S. Soeprapto, deputy secretary-general of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, with the ASEAN Digital Economy Framework Agreement (DEFA) that is expected to be completed in 2025, the business community and society will be empowered to unleash the full potential of digital services and emerging technologies, such as AI and cloud computing. To ensure a successful digital future throughout the region, it is imperative for governments, the private sector, and all stakeholders to adopt a coherent approach to bolster digital connectivity, bridging the developmental disparities among ASEAN member states, developing skills, and propelling digital transformation within the region.

Prasert Jantararuangtong, Thailand's minister of digital economy and society, noted, "Our prioritised topics are the acceleration of digital and intelligent transformation under the “Growth Engine of Thailand” policy to develop the digital economy as a main engine, enhancing Thailand's level of competitiveness. This will also help strengthen safety and security for electronic transactions and improve the country's overall digital human capital.”

Seeking to build a digital, intelligent Asia-Pacific
Prasert Jantararuangtong, Thai minister of digital economy and society, delivering a keynote speech

He elaborated that the flagship projects under this initiative are Cloud First Policy, AI development for Digital ID, Digital Manpower Development, Combating Online Scams, and various partnerships within the private sectors to develop and utilise digital technologies that align with digital trends in APAC.

Experts also added Asia Pacific stands as a pioneer in the digital and intelligent economy. Digital and intelligent infrastructure, which covers networks, storage, computing, and cloud, is key to unleashing the potential of productivity.

Simon Lin, president of Huawei Asia-Pacific Region, said, "As we navigate the evolving landscape of digital transformation, it is evident that it is more than just adopting solutions – it's about deeply integrating technology into the economy and society. As Asia-Pacific enters a golden era of digital economic development, Huawei is committed to becoming a technology innovator, industry pioneer, and local contributor. Together with nearly 10,000 enterprise and cloud partners, we are poised to ride the waves and accelerate a digital and intelligent APAC."

Seeking to build a digital, intelligent Asia-Pacific
Simon Lin, president of Huawei Asia-Pacific Region, delivering a keynote speech

After this congress, Huawei will hold four conferences: the Huawei Network Summit, Innovative Data Infrastructure Forum, Global Optical Summit, and Huawei Cloud Stack Summit. Huawei and its partners will jointly hold seven major events, launch high-frequency scenario-based solutions in the commercial market and new products in the distribution business, and recognise outstanding partners at the Asia-Pacific Partners' Night.

In addition, Huawei will release its industry solutions at the Global ISP Summit Asia-Pacific, as well as at the Global Manufacturing and Large Enterprise Summit.

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