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UNESCO survey on e-readiness of 16 Asia-Pacific counties - 2006/10/05

UNESCO recently conducted a survey (October 2005 to June 2006) and prepared for UNESCO Bangkok (Communication and Information) and Japanese Funds in Trust (JFIT) to assess the e-readiness of 16 Asia-Pacific counties, entitled E-Readiness in the Asia-Pacific Region. Results of a survey to assess the need for ICT training for information professionals in the region. The purpose of the survey was to gather data that would enable preliminary assessment of the need for ICT training for information professionals in the region. Representatives in Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia , China , India , Indonesia , Lao People's Democratic Republic ( Laos ), Malaysia , Mongolia , Myanmar , New Zealand , Pakistan , Sri Lanka , South Korea , Thailand , and Vietnam completed the survey. The survey solicited responses related to telecommunication infrastructure, access to computers and the Internet, the availability of training in ICT skills and technology training, and the organization and level of electronic resources available in libraries.

The findings of this survey provide evidence of the imbalance of connectivity, infrastructure, and skills between the cities and the rural areas in the countries surveyed. They enable country-by-country comparisons within the region of development levels and issues related to telecommunication infrastructure, access to computers and the Internet, the availability of training in ICT skills and technology training, and the organization and level of electronic resources available in libraries.

One of the recommendations included in a UNESCO survey is to develop comprehensive ICT training packages for information professionals that build on existing ICT skills. To establish the necessary connectivity, infrastructure, and skills, the survey suggests that it is crucial to invest in education and in creating strong industry leadership. Providing ICT education to those who do not have access to the necessary technology or who lack connectivity is difficult if not impossible. It is necessary, however, if the information professional is to have transferable skills from rural to urban areas and from country to country.

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