The GSMA’s seventh annual Digital Societies report for Asia Pacific launched on 2 August at the Mobile 360 Asia Pacific. The 2021 edition focussed on how countries in Asia Pacific were accelerating progress on their digital society ambitions through collaboration and a whole-of-government approach (WGA) to implementing digital transformation strategies. The report also chronicled the role connectivity played in the provision of essential services across Asia Pacific during the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s edition focusses on the concept of ‘digital nations’, referring to the aspirations of governments across Asia Pacific to integrate digital technologies and services into every sector of the economy. This makes digitalisation the core element of nation building and a means to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
GSMA Asia Pacific coordinates the efforts of the GSMA and its members to monitor relevant policy and legislative developments in the region, identify priorities for the mobile industry, and develop and communicate consensus positions on these priorities. It represents the GSMA’s views and initiatives at regional institution meetings and events, with offices in Hong Kong and New Delhi. It also convenes the industry-leading Mobile 360 Series in the Asia Pacific.