The arrival of the internet of things (IoT) and inter-connectivity of devices has already substantially changed tourism and led to the development of smart tourism. — VNA/VNS Photo Gia Thuận HCM CITY — The arrival of the internet of things (IoT) and inter-connectivity of devices has already substantially changed tourism and led to the development of smart tourism, experts have said. For cities, investment in smart tourism may be just one particular desired outcome in the wider smart city discussion, but it is worth noting that it is central to the wider agenda, Prof Perry Hobson, pro deputy-chancellor for global engagement at Taylor’s University in Malaysia, said. He was speaking at the 8th Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia Pacific Cities (TPO) Forum that opened on June 21 in HCM City. The growth in the use of IT and websites has allowed many businesses to deal directly with consumers and has seen the development of new B2B platforms and led to the … [Read more...] about Asia Pacific forum highlights smart tourism
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The Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA) will host the 10th Asia-Pacific Cooperative Ministers’ Conference from April 18th to 21st, in Hanoi. The conference, themed “Vision toward 2030: Promoting Stronger Partnerships between Government and Co-operative in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, offers chances for the cooperative sector, Governments of countries in the region and international organizations to understand more about Vietnam’s socio-economic development in general and the cooperative movement in particular. It will highlight the ways in which cooperatives are contributing to achieving the SDGs; explore ways to strengthen partnerships between Governments and Co-operatives; and draw a road map toward realizing the potential of co-operatives in sustainable development. At the event, representatives will focus their discussions on issues including food security, new approach to cooperatives with renovation and innovation and engagement of … [Read more...] about Tenth Asia-Pacific Ministers’ Conference to be held in Hanoi
ULAN BATOR — A delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly led by Nguyen Van Son, head of the NA's Committee for External Relations, is attending the 19th annual Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) meeting in Mongolia that began on January 23. While in Mongolia, Son has met with the chairperson of the parliament, the prime minister and international delegations. At the four-day event, 245 delegates from 17 regional countries will focus their discussion on a wide range of issues regarding security, politics, economics, trade and regional co-operation. Delegates will also map out plans for future APPF meetings. The APPF is a forum for parliamentarians to seek opportunities for co-operation as well as discuss challenges facing the countries and pressing global issues. They also share experiences in policy making, deliberate regional integration and political and social reforms, and discuss the cultural development of less-developed countries.—VNS … [Read more...] about VN attends Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum
Advances in regional connectivity have generated substantial economic and social gains in terms of growth, trade and people to people connections. The global explosion of new technologies, especially in information and communication technologies (ICT), points the way to the next big leap for regional connectivity: an Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway. The countries of Asia and the Pacific are already well-recognized for their success in structuring cross-border global value chains which, backed by infrastructure corridors,have helped to boost trade within and beyond the region. There is great potential,however, to further deepen connectivity and maximize socio-economic gains, by more effectively integrating ICT across all core infrastructure. The urgency for this in Asia and the Pacific is apparent from the growing digital divide: in the developing economies of Asia and the Pacific, less than 15 per cent of people have high-speed Internet access. The situation is worse in … [Read more...] about The next leap for regional connectivity: Asia-Pacific information superhighway
An ambitious goal - to eliminate malaria from the Asia-Pacific region by 2030 - faces formidable hurdles but is achievable if enough political will and funding are available to fight the mosquito-borne disease, health experts say. Malaria experts have been meeting in the Thai capital Bangkok this week to thrash out a plan to meet the target agreed late last year by the leaders of 18 countries in the region, where some two billion people are at risk of infection. There is concern the plan could unravel because resistance to artemisinin, a powerful component in malaria drugs, looms in the Greater Mekong region and could spread westward, even reaching Africa at a cost of millions of lives. "Shifting towards an elimination goal is the best strategy, in particular if you have drug resistance," Maxine Whittaker, co-coordinator of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), a group of 16 countries formed to speed up the fight against the disease, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. … [Read more...] about Can Asia-Pacific region get rid of malaria by 2030?