Message from the Chairman
Dear ASOCIO Council and Members,
With the holiday season upon us, I want to take a moment to wish you happy holidays! I hope this time of year for you is filled with plenty of joy, shared memories and relaxation.
As we approach the end of 2016—thanks to the dedicated effort of Khun Bunrak and previous leadership team , we are able to continue on a strong foundation and prepare for 2017 and beyond.
Asia Oceania can rightly be proud of what it as achieved so far. Buoyed by peace , the region has prospered and boasts some of the world's fastest growing economies. Underpinning these successes is largely economic framework supported by ICT plans and strategies in eliminating trade barriers between member nations , relaxing visa requirements and promoting digital economy.
The ASEAN Economic Community is progressing , but we should also look at issues and opportunities so that companies can really leverage on the benefits of having a common market .ASOCIO AEC Digital Taskforce, launched in 2016 , represents a critical strategic move of ASOCIO to explore the vast business opportunities in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) for its members. The new board will continue working with the three Subgroups, Human Capital, eCommerce Alliance and Smart City Alliance to focus on the business opportunities that ASOCIO members expect us to realize.
Moving forward , I encourage you to start thinking about the vision and objectives for ASOCIO . The new board will convene its first meeting in January, 2017 and start working on establishing a framework for ASOCIO VISION 2020 . We will finalise the roles of vice chair and appointment of co-opt vice chairs . In addition , we will consider forming several new Commitees to advise and support the secretariat in the implementation of strategies and activities . Among the new Commitees are Membership , Research and China Market Development .
The ASOCIO Plenary Meeting shall be held at Delhi, India on March 7 and 8, 2017 . A strategic planning session on the establishment of ASOCIO VISION 2020 will be held during the plenary meet . Due to popular feedback , we will also convene an ED meeting among full time Directors or Sec Gen of ASOCIO member associations. Thanks to NASSCOM for agreeing to host these meeting at their new office. I sincerely wish all Council members as well member association delegates will attend. The Secretariat will keep you informed for the forthcoming itinerary.
ASOCIO is a time-honored organization, the only reason for its continued existence and prosperity is the support and dedication from our member associations. I will work with all of you closely to move forward in making ASOCIO strong and as the voice of the ICT industry in the region . I look forward to your ideas and guidance to achieve our common vision.
Wishing all of you a Prosperous and Happy New Year 2017 .
David Wong Nan Fay