Dear Colleagues and Members,
To date, the COVID-19 outbreak has spread in 135 countries. A total of 219,052 people have been positively diagnosed with COVID-19 worldwide but many have also recovered with fatality of about 2%. We are happy to note that South Korea and Japan are “flattening the curve” successfully including Singapore and Taiwan who has been introducing effective steps and measures in curbing the spread.
In ASOCIO we are naturally very concerned with the escalation of the virus especially amongst member economies. We have been keeping abreast of the state of this infection in the region and acutely aware that it will not go away overnight. Hence resilient and sustainability are the main strategies in the coming months.
not organize any events for the first half of 2020 which means that ASOCIO MTV which was scheduled to be hosted by CISA in Taiwan in June, will also be postponed indefinitely. CISA had also informed us today that COMPUTEX 2020 is also postponed . We will be monitoring the situation closely in lights of the other 2020 ASOCIO events in the pipeline and will engage with the respective Hosts of these events. We understand that the current situation is volatile but rest assured that we will make the right decisions for the best interests and concern on the health of member economies, in consultations with the hosts.
Needless to add, we will continue conducting all council meetings and discussions via video conferencing or con-call. I intend to call for a board meeting towards end April and secretariats will keep the members informed of the agenda. Please give your input on any agenda item or suggestions which you would like to put up in the upcoming meeting. I am also working with the Secretary General to revise ASOCIO’s 2020 budget in view of the crisis and will table this as an agenda item in the board meeting.
From my deliberations with the leaders and CEOs in the industry here, these are some suggestions and advice which I would like to share with you:
I would also like to encourage greater sharing of information during such uncertain time. Hence we would like understand on the impact to the industry and more importantly ideas on how you mitigate these risks. If you have other useful information, do share with us. Sharing of information during such a calamity is perhaps an important and strategic move.
Finally, my wish to all for a quick recovery from this calamity and to stay safe and healthy at all time.
The Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) is an ICT federation organized by ICT associations representing from 24 economies throughout Asia Pacific. ASOCIO was established at Tokyo, Japan in 1984 and it is the most time-honoured and active international ICT trade organization in Asia and Oceania. Its influence covers more than 10,000 ICT companies and represents approximately US$ 350 billion of ICT revenue in the region. ASOCIO’s objective is to promote, encourage and foster relationships and trade between its members, and to develop the computing industry in the region.
Given the diversity in the maturity level amongst the member economies, ASOCIO promotes a common set of Skill Standard and sponsored training programs.
ASOCIO collaborate closely with the government and industry to effectively share best public policies and practices through hosting of Ministerial Dialogues, SME Forums and Ambassador visits program.
ASOCIO has been producing businesses’ offspring by regularly organizing overseas trade missions, forums and exhibitions that provide member companies the opportunities to showcase and meet potential partners at a more affordable cost.