Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economic Affairs, III has obtained break-through development and progress in international collaboration with Japan, Kuwait and ASEAN. III has also been widely recognized among related member states for its persistent contribution in executing ADOC project for 10 years.
Expand International Outreach, Promote Collaboration and Business
With the powerful rise of China, East Asian countries such as Japan and Korea have modified their economy strategies to pivot to Chinese market and the Greater China market. To respond to this trend, Japan has actively sought collaboration with the Taiwan businesses with a view to mutual benefits for industries. In March 2013, III set up the “Taiwan-Japan Industrial Collaboration Office” to coordinate with the government’s policy. It has been playing a key role in promoting industries in learning from Japan and in adding value to industrial collaboration between Taiwan and Japan.
Recently, Middle Eastern countries have actively initiated large-scale government projects and public surveillance projects. They need quality information communication technology products and services. Since 2009, III has worked with Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), jointly establishing an “Taiwan Kuwait Information and Communication Promotion Office” In the future, III will provide Kuwait with technique support and related consultation needed for collaboration in such information communication fields as “e-government”, “smart energy saving”, “smart farms”, and “digital content platforms.”
Taiwan has solid technology strengths, including soft powers. Taiwanese entrepreneurs are competitive in building smart classrooms and developing innovative teaching by way to information communication technology. The Digital Education Institute and International Department of III have long invested in digital learning industry in Vietnam and other ASEAN countries. In addition to building 2000 smart classrooms for all elementary and middle schools in Vietnam, III also built the first smart classroom for Taiwanese schools in Philippines. Establishment of smart classrooms means export of hardware, software and teaching models for flip education, which will bring enormous business for Taiwan.
Close the Digital Gap, Explore New Markets
III’s ADOC project has been executed for 10 years in 10 countries located in three continents including South East Asia and South America. In October 2003, III brought up the ADOC project at the APEC Leaders Summit in Bangkok, proposing to close the digital gap among APEC member states. During 10 years, 101 digital opportunity centers have been built. More than 700,000 entries of training have been conducted, and 5000 plus small to medium businesses have been established supported by this project. This project successfully demonstrated Taiwan’s soft power in sharing its experience. It not only won the top prize in the Bridging Divide category at the 2013 eASIA Awards, but also received Chairman's Award in the WITSA 2010 Global ICT Excellence Awards.
In 2014, the ADOC project has been listed as one of APEC’s important achievements in its 25th anniversary. The execution results have also been included in the joint statement of APEC Ministerial Meeting and officially in the APEC Leaders’ Statement. Taiwan’s contribution by humanity-based technology has been recognized, signifying a unprecedented break-through in international activities for the past 10 years.