May 19, 2022, 06.54 PM


SINGAPORE, KOMPAS.comHuawei’s Rotating Chairman Ken Hu stressed the importance of a collaborative effort to develop stronger digital technology in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

“A single tree can’t make a forest. To build the best possible digital APAC, we have to work together,” Ken Hu told Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress 2022’s participants as reported by Kompas.com’s Wisnu Nugroho in Singapore on Thursday, May 19.

More than 1,000 participants enthusiastically attended Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress’ first-ever offline event as the world is entering an endemic stage of Covid-19 this year.

“The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most culturally and economically vibrant regions in the world. It has long played an important role in global economic growth, and now plays an equally important role in digital innovation,” he said, citing the fact that many APAC countries have elevated digital transformation to a strategic policy level and are actively going green.

Indonesia's Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno speaks during the Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress 2022 on Thursday, May 19 in Singapore. KOMPAS.com/WISNU NUGROHO Indonesia's Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno speaks during the Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress 2022 on Thursday, May 19 in Singapore.

He also touched on the progress in the acceleration of digital infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region where countries are laying strong foundations for a robust digital economy. This includes the establishment of policies such as Digital Indonesia, My Digital in Malaysia, Digital Hub in Thailand, and South Korea’s Digital New Deal.

Besides, he added, countries have expressed commitment to achieving sustainable development. For example, Japan and Thailand have committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, Singapore is committed to reaching peak carbon emissions by 2030, while China will reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.

In terms of building digital infrastructure, there is a need to build cloud and data centers besides strong connectivity.

“Huawei has deep roots in APAC. We have been serving our customers here for over 30 years, and we are proud to support digital development in the region.”

Members of the media from Indonesia attend the Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress 2022 on Thursday, May 19 in Singapore. The two-day event titled Innovation for a Digital Asia Pacific will be held until Friday, May 20.KOMPAS.com/WISNU NUGROHO Members of the media from Indonesia attend the Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress 2022 on Thursday, May 19 in Singapore. The two-day event titled Innovation for a Digital Asia Pacific will be held until Friday, May 20.

“In 2022, we will increase our support for a Green and Digital APAC by promoting digital infrastructure, low-carbon development, and digital inclusion,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno shared his views on how digital technology plays an important role in the development of tourism and creative sector in the country. He touched on the implementation of strategies and practices used by the ministry in promoting the tourism and creative industry.

With collaboration, challenges can be resolved together to bring benefits to the people.

The two-day event titled “Innovation for a Digital Asia Pacific” will be held until Friday, May 20.

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