About DSDF 2017
Digital technologies greatly impact the economic and societal development of nations. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) notes that adoption of digital technologies can allow developing countries to leapfrog over traditional development pathways – from resource-based economies and labor-intensive industries to the production of knowledge-based products and services.
In line with this, the ADB will host the 2017 Digital Strategies for Development Forum (DSDF). Established in 2014 as the Digital Strategies for Development Summit (DSDS), the event has become a venue for high-impact discussions on ICT for Development. It tackles country and sectoral/thematic development strategies towards Digital Economy in Asia and the Pacific.
DSDF 2017 is organized in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) of the Government of the Philippines, the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST). It will be held on September 7 and 8, 2017 at the ADB Headquarters in the Philippines, as it ties up with the 14th APT Telecommunication/ICT Development Forum (ADF-14) of the APT on September 5 and 6.
DSDF 2017 will focus on both areas of education and smart cities, in the context of digital technologies development within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th IR).
DSDF 2017 will then be a venue for organizations to discover ways to be prepared to adapt ourselves as well as our development activities for the changes within the 4th IR backdrop. Participants will be able to discuss new strategies and emergent ideas, share best practice, and network with all development partners and stakeholders from across the region.