Participants in the APT-NIA training program pose at the head office of NIA in South Korea. Photo courtesy of NIA

Government officials from five Asian countries will cooperate

South Korea’s National Information Society Agency (NIA) announced on June 13 that it would cooperate with bureaucrats from five Asian nations in info-tech areas and digital transformation.

Aimed at sharing Korea’s best practices in the above-mentioned areas, the four-week program started late last month and will continue through June 16, according to the NIA.

Included in the five countries are Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia, all members of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT).

Founded in the late 1970s, the APT is an intergovernmental organization designed to operate in conjunction with telecom operators and communications equipment manufacturers, as well as research outfits.

Currently, the Bangkok-headquartered entity covers a total of 38 members, on top of four associate members and 137 affiliate members.

The NIA will help participants find out pending issues related to technology and digital transformation so as to find out solutions based on Korea’s experience and know-how.

The Korean government may step in the procedures through its ODA program.

Brief for official development assistance, ODA is a program of the Korea International Cooperation Agency geared toward supporting emerging economies with Korea’s public funds.

“The developing economies are trying to benchmark Korea’s digital transformation. Through this program, we strive to offer helping hands to other Asian nations,” NIA global business leader Lee Jae-ho said.

Established in the 1980s to underpin the country’s computerization and informatization, the NIA has played an active role in Korea’s fast growth in digital and info-tech businesses.

The state-backed agency, which is headed by President Hwang Jong-sung, also has worked on cutting-edge technologies, including AI.