Communities encouraged to develop with the digital revolution

The 2017 ABAC Chair, Hoang Van Dung, has emphasized that ABAC members are united in support for the rules-based global trading system, looking ahead to December’s WTO Ministerial Meeting in Buenos Aires.

Dung made the emphasis while addressing the media in Da Nang city, Vietnam after their fourth ABAC Meeting on Monday.

In their annual report to APEC leaders, members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) highlighted the transformative potential of the digital economy.

 “Our communities at all stages of development can benefit hugely from the digital revolution. But we cannot let a digital divide leave behind the more vulnerable,” Hoang said.

“Across the region, we need solid digital infrastructure, skills that empower our workforce for the jobs of the future, and a regulatory environment that enables the movement of data and information across borders, while also safeguarding privacy and security appropriately.”

He added that ABAC will focus further on these issues in 2018.

Freddy Mou