The Digital GMS Conference addressed the issue of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) nations lacking essential information and communication technology and its applications to economic and social development and various factors thatcontinue to foster such digital divide. It tried to compare the scenario of the industrialized countries, where technological advances have vastly improved the quality,reliability and versatility of ICT and its applications for development, withthe developing nations that are still struggling to take the ICT to the masses.
The conference covered the following sub-themes:
- Remote sensing and GIS applications for sustainable development
- Wireless and mobile technology
- Internet and information technology for GMS business
- Distributed learning and education
Its main objective was to disseminate the latest developments in Information and Communication technology, and its applications to economic and social development as they relate to the development of the GMS. The participants were from academics, industry, government agencies, international organizations and NGOs. The conference was being organized by GMSARN with support from the ASEAN Foundation through the project Comprehensive Capacity Building for Sustainable Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (JFA-ASEAN-GMS). GMSARN is an initiative geared towards building self-reliance among GMS countries by developing a strong service-oriented science and technology present in the region.GMSARN is composed of nine academic institutions: the Asian Institute of Technology (GMSARN directorate office), Hanoi University of Technology, HCM City University of Technology, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Khon Kaen University,Kunming University of Science and Technology, National University of Laos, Thammasat University, and Yangon Technological University.