MANILA: The Asian Development Bank ADB today established a High-level Advisory Group on Digital Technology for Development.

Asian Development Bank

The eight-person experts’ group will advise on the use of digital technologies and their implications for ADB’s development work.

It will provide inputs for digital strategies on ADB’s operational priorities, as defined in its Strategy 2030.

On this occasion, ADB President said, “The establishment of this Advisory Group will allow ADB to gain insights and strategic advice from digital technology industry leaders as well as academia.”

ADB Digital Week

The group held a consultative session with ADB management and senior staff at the start.

ADB Digital Week, where a series of seminars and workshops is being held and the ADB Digital Agenda 2030 will be launched.

As a key enabler of innovation, digital technology has also opened new avenues for growth and inclusive development.

ADB also established a Digital Technology for Development Unit in 2018. This unit and also the seven sector groups (education, energy, finance, health, transport, urban, and water).

It is also eight thematic groups (climate and disaster, gender, governance, social development, environment, food security, regional cooperation, and public–private partnership).

Expanding Advance Technology

This have also been expanding the use of more advanced technologies, especially digital technologies, in every area of ADB operations.

ADB has already incorporated digital technology in operations across sectors and regions.

ADB supported 315 projects

From 2010 to 2018, ADB supported 315 projects that included digital components.

Examples include digital tools to teach students, telemedicine and remote health. Inclusive finance using smartphones, digital identity incorporating biometrics, smart grid systems for renewable energy. Smart sensors for nonrevenue water reductions, and real-time traffic control using intelligent transportation systems.

ADB is also applying earth observation technologies and geographic information systems in its projects, supported by partnerships with the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Advisory Group Members

The advisory group members are Katsumi Emura (Corporation Fellow, NEC), Paul Kim (Assistant Dean and Chief Technology Officer, Stanford Graduate School of Education).

Ramayya Krishnan (Dean and Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, Carnegie Mellon University), Ambassador Ted Osius (Vice President of Public Policy for Asia and the Pacific, Google) are also member of the group.

Ms. Vincent Quah (Asia Pacific Lead for Education, Amazon Web Services), Ms. Piruze Sabuncu (Head of Asia and the Pacific Region, Stripe Co.) members of the group.

Advisory Group Members are also Mr. Lito Tayag (Country Managing Director, Accenture Philippines), and Ms. Janine Teo (Chief Executive Officer, Solve Education!).

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