ASOCIO Chairman Mid-Year Message

July 2019


“Global economic growth is forecast to ease to a weaker-than-expected 2.6% in 2019 before inching up to 2.7% in 2020. Growth in emerging market and developing economies is expected to stabilize next year as some countries move past periods of financial strain, but economic momentum remains weak.” Source 4th June  


The first six months in 2019 have been exciting but with uncertain outlook in the face of the continuing trade war between US and China.


It is also ASOCIO 35th year since inception in 1984 and looking back the federation has certainly achieved many milestones. This is in no small part that the member economies have contributed to the success of the federation including our ASOCIO veterans. Our gratitude and appreciations to all of these member economies and individuals. Pakistan has also resumed their Membership after being away for a few years. Welcome back.


Various council positions have also been nominated including Mr. John Choi from FKII, Korea as Deputy Chairman, and 2 Co-Opt Vice Chairman – Dr Kithsri Manchanayakke  FITiS, Sri Lanka, and Mr.Ron Gauci from AIIA, Australia.


Since January, ASOCIO has also been busy with two major events hosted successfully. An MTV in Myanmar in March and a mid year Plenary meeting in Singapore. The highlight has been the MOU signing with the Victoria State of Australia on a friendly collaboration for mutual benefits and aligned objectives. We look look forward to more of such an alliances and collaborations. Another important milestone is the recently pass motion to the formation of a Policy Task Force to drive strategies and policies impacting the region and the industry. This will provide greater value to all our member economies be it emerging or matured tech industry.


Over the next six months two upcoming ASOCIO signature events include the Smart City Summit in Bangkok on 28-29 August and the Digital Summit In Kuala Lumpur 14-19 November. It will be a busy six months for the federation.


We look forward to engaging with all our member economies on common objectives to increase the ICT enablement and digital adoptions strategically in the region. Areas of focus can include strategy, trade, best practice, policy, talent, and emerging technology. It is imperative that the engagements be of two ways between our member economies and ASOCIO.


As we have six months in the runway to the end of the calendar year, albeit with the pessimistic outlook of World Bank. I hope the regional and global economic landscape will improve with greater confidence from the business communities and the risk impact of the trade war between US and China can be mitigated. Barring all these external forces, I am still very excited on the next 18 months upcoming activities of the federation.


David Wong Nan Fay


Introduction to ASOCIO

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.

Knowledge Sharing
Skill Standard & Workforce

Given the diversity in the maturity level amongst the member economies, ASOCIO promotes a common set of Skill Standard and sponsored training programs.

Collaboration For Growth
Public-Private Collaborations

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.

Finding New Regional Partners

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.