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Mr. Chairperson,
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

On behalf of the chairman of the sub-regional conference, Mr. Wendy
Aritenang, Deputy Minister from the Ministry of Research and Technology,
Republic of Indonesia, it is my pleasure to present the report on the
activity of the sub-regional meeting: The Southeast and East Asia
Conference on follow-up to the first phase and preparation for the second
phase of the World Summit on the Information Society which was held
from 1-3 February 2005 at Kuta, Bali, Republic of Indonesia.

The sub-regional conference was aimed at reflecting Southeast and East
Asia perspectives and needs in the Regional Action Plan and generating
more inputs to enrich the two focal issues of the Tunis Phase of WSIS:
Internet Governance and Financial Mechanisms for ICT for Development,
and at discussing the role of ICT for knowledge-based disaster
management which was in response to the disaster in South and
Southeast Asia resulted from the large-scale Tsunami and earthquake
which took place in December 2004.

The conference held the view that the countries of the sub-region had
diverse priorities with respect to ICT and establishment of the information
society depending on the countries’ level of economic development. On
the finalization of the Regional Action Plan a number of specific
recommendations were made:
1.    To include aspects common to the region to give the document a
      stronger regional flavour;
2.    To devise strategies for monitoring mechanisms including
      identification of benchmarks and targets specific for the region;
3.    To emphasize on ethical values as it is specifically important to
      countries in the Asian and Pacific region,
4.    To include the use of ICT for knowledge-based disaster
      management in the Regional Action plan;
5.    To give more emphasis in the use of ICT for empowering
      disadvantaged social groups especially people with disabilities;
6.    To transform the challenges posed by existing digital divide into
      digital opportunity
7.    To give special attention to bridging the digital divide within
      different regions, within countries and promotion of access to ICT
      for people in remote and rural areas;

8.    To include common principles of the countries within the region on
      the issue of Internet governance;
9.    To give due consideration to sub-regional initiatives such as the
      Information Super Highway for the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
10.   To give more emphasis on regional research activities which builds
      upon Research Networks by the East and South East Asian

The Conference held the view that the issue of Internet Governance was
important for all countries in the region, since the development and
reliable functioning of the Internet is prerequisite for the establishment of
the information society. On this matter the Conference was informed of
the objectives, working methods and discussion topics of the WGIG. The
objective of the WGIG were interpreted as defining Internet governance
in order to help Governments understand the issues and helping the
Governments to propose which issues they would prioritize. The WGIG’s
deliberation process will involve four meetings and world wide open
consultations. The Conference also acknowledged and supported the
work done by WGIG which had taken a neutral position in approaching
the Internet governance issue.

The Conference recognized that frequently happening natural disasters
had brought increasing casualty and property losses to most countries in
the region, and that effective disaster management had become a major
challenge for the region to achieve the development goals of sustainable
development and poverty eradication. After the catastrophe of the Indian
Ocean tsunami on 26 Dec 2004, a series of high-ranking international
meetings were held. The Conference supported the decision made at the
above mentioned meetings that a tsunami early warning system covering
the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia, and linked with the Pacific warning
system be established with the coordination of the United Nations leading
to a global warning system. The Conference fully supported the principle
that such a system should be established following multi-hazard and
multi-sectoral approaches, and that the disaster management should be
integrated with national development plans.

The Conference was organized jointly by UNESCAP and Ministry of
Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia in
cooperation with APDIP and ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

Thank you Mr. Chairman.