As one of the most populous, diverse, and competitive regions, ASEAN is set to become one of the top digital economies in the world. According to the World Economic Forum, the region’s digital economy is projected to add an estimated USD 1 trillion to the ASEAN’s gross domestic product (GDP) over the next ten years.1 The year 2021 marks two decades of ASEAN cooperation in the digital sector.2 It has been acknowledged that the sector will continue to be the key enabler for ASEAN’s integration and transformation into a single market.
Following the completion of the ICT Masterplan 2015 and ICT Masterplan 2020, ASEAN launched the ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025 that envisions “ASEAN as a leading digital community and economic bloc, powered by secure and transformative digital services, technologies and ecosystem”. The ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025 encapsulates the articulation of a single shared vision to deliver eight desired outcomes (DO) as shown below.
Source: ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025
Japan and ASEAN have been working together on the digital sector, including ICT infrastructure, regulation, network security, skills, and other areas. At the First ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting with Japan (ADGMIN+Japan) in January 2021, both parties endorsed the ASEAN-Japan ICT Work Plan 2021 that will contribute to the achievement of the vision of the ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025.
Areas of Support and
JAIF has been supporting wide-ranged projects, including flagship projects of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC). The establishment of AJCCBC addressed the need for human resource development in the field of cybersecurity as highlighted at the 10th ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting. In collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan and the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) of Thailand, AJCCBC has been conducting various capacity development activities since its establishment in 2018.
The followings are JAIF’s support in alignment with the ASEAN ICT Masterplans and key contributions of completed and implemented JAIF projects to-date.
JAIF continues to extend its support to AJCCBC through the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2-2) which is currently ongoing. In addition, Study on the Framework for the Mutual Recognition of Digital Signatures in ASEAN is also being implemented which aims to determine an interoperability framework for e-authentications in the region and enhance e-commerce by providing better network security and assurance on data protection.
2 The ASEAN Digital sector was formerly known as the ASEAN Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The sectoral name was officially changed in October 2019.