Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industries in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) are seen to address the prevailing digital divide and lagging infrastructure development in the sub-region by strengthening public-private partnerships (PPP) among its member-countries.
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair and Philippine Signing Minister for EAGA Luwalhati Antonino said in a joint statement issued during the 4th BIMP-EAGA ICT CEO Forum last June 22, key ICT industry players in EAGA vowed to continue encouraging the EAGA governments and the private sector to strengthen the Public-Private Partnership as a key strategy to accelerate the growth of the ICT industry.
Antonino said representatives of the member countries recognized the vital role of the private sector in realizing the ICT programs that are identified in the ICT Working Group meetings.
With this, she said the active participation of the private sector in all ICT-related activities was deemed important.
PPP is one of the integral components of the ASEAN ICT Masterplan, which the BIMP-EAGA ICT sector also subscribes to. The Masterplan envisions ASEAN to be a single community by 2015 through various actions and initiatives that will bridge digital divide. One of their initiatives is to develop PPP specific to the ICT industry.