BUSINESS Huawei to invest $81 million in Southeast Asian digital ecosystem

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Huawei to invest $81 million in Southeast Asian digital ecosystem

By Zhang Zhiwen | People's Daily app

22:42, June 06, 2018

Bangkok (People's Daily) - The fourth Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day was held in Bangkok on Wednesday, co-hosted by Huawei Technologies and the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology. 

This year's event theme was "Innovate for a Digital Asia-Pacific." 

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Thai delegates listen to a presentation on Narrow Band Internet of Things. (Photos: Zhang Zhiwen/People's Daily)

Nearly 300 attendees from government, industry, and the academe gathered to explore how digital in-frastructure accelerates the growth of the digital economy, enriches life, drives innovation, and helps cultivate an ecosystem of shared success.

At today's event, Thailand's National Science and Technology Development Agency and National In-novation Agency signed a memorandum of under-standing with Huawei Technologies (Thailand). The memorandum outlines a series of joint research and innovation objectives aimed at stimulating Thailand's digital transformation process and bringing Thai innovation to the global market. 

James Wu, president of Huawei's Southeast Asia Region, unveiled Huawei's Developer Enablement Plan for the region. The enablement plan aims to support the digital economy and ecosystem building in the region.

Over the next three years, Huawei will invest US$81 million in building OpenLabs, enabling cloud developers, and cultivating information communica-tion technology talent in Southeast Asia.

As one of the most vibrant emerging markets in the world, the Asia-Pacific region faces a wave of in-dustry digitization, with a digital economy that's pro-gressing by leaps and bounds every day. 

Somkid Jatusripitak, Thai deputy prime minister, de-livered a keynote speech in which he delved into Thailand's strategy of "going digital" and how it is driving the transformation and modernization of the Thai economy.

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Delegates study a big data platform for government affairs.

Innovation enabled by ICT is becoming an important engine of Thailand 4.0. The effects of digitization are spilling over into vertical industries, helping companies boost productivity, reduce costs, and roll out new products and services. This ultimately paves the way for new business models and mar-kets, and brings new development opportunities to all.

Somkid reaffirmed the Thai government's commit-ment to create a favorable environment for digital innovation, stressing Huawei's role as an important contributor to the development of Thailand's ICT in-dustry. He said that he would like to see more in-depth collaboration between Thailand and Huawei.

Guo Ping, rotating chairman of Huawei, highlighted the importance of the digital ecosystem. "Many economies in the Asia-Pacific region have set out on their digital transformation journey," he said. "But growth has been uneven. The gap between devel-oped and developing economies is widening, and we see the emergence of a Matthew effect where digitally advanced economies produce greater re-turns on their infrastructure than less-developed economies. However, we can work together to get ahead of this trend."

"Ecosystem is critical here," he added. "Govern-ments need to take the lead, industries need to proactively do their part, and individuals need to improve their digital skills. Huawei is ready and will-ing to work with Asia-Pacific countries to build this digital ecosystem. We will collaborate openly and extensively, and happily share our own slice of the market with others. Together, we can grow the in-dustry and make the pie bigger for everyone in-volved."

A series of digital ecosystem devices and solutions were presented for local customers. Approaching the Narrow Band Internet of Things desk, delegates from AIS, the major Thai telecom provider, were lis-tening to a presentation from a Chinese engineer, and a smart lock, smart water meter, health care device and a smart band on the desk attracted their attention and inquiries.

One delegate told the People's Daily that these de-vices and solutions are very necessary for Thailand, and their use with the current internet could benefit the local customer. "I really hope these could reach our daily lives as soon as possible," said the dele-gate.

There is huge demand for digital and smart solutions in Southeast Asia as well as the Asia-Pacific market. ASEAN counties are blueprinting the smart cities network (ASCN). Three Thai cities, Bangkok, Chonburi and Phuket, have been listed among 26 pilot ASCN cities. By 2025, the ASCN aims to facili-tate cooperation on smart cities development, cata-lyze bankable projects with the private sector and secure funding and support from ASEAN's external partners. 

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