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Digital Transformation in Asia-Pacific

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When digital transformation is done right, it’s like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, but when done wrong, all you have is a really fast caterpillar.

George Westerman, Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region are considered pioneers in many digitalisation issues.

Asia as a digital role model

The digitalization process of the economy and society is more advanced in Asia than in probably any other part of the world. The Asia-Pacific region has prepared itself for the impact of the digital transformation and is adapting to the new realities. Asian countries are leading the way in future technologies and trends such as artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, FinTech or e-health. The digitalization landscape in the region is diverse, with national and regional differences in readiness, capitalization, and regulatory capacities of digital transformation, among others.


Proactive policies for smart technologies

The global trend of digital transformation certainly has its origins in Asia-Pacific and continues to gain momentum. This is due not least to the high willingness to use technological innovations and experiment with existing processes and structures in many Asian countries. In addition, Asia is home to numerous technology and high-tech groups. The constant development of digital capabilities and the transfer of innovations to applications aims to ensure long-term competitiveness. Moreover, governments in Asia are proactively driving digitalization. Guiding principles and strategies around smart cities and smart economies are being developed and promoted - often in cooperation with the private sector.

The challenges of digital transformation also require Asia-Pacific to find answers. Cybersecurity, data protection, setting rules and standards for the digital economy and society, and not least better and inclusive internet access are just some of the issues for which Germany, Europe and the Asia-Pacific countries must jointly develop sustainable solutions.


#KAS4innovation – Digital transformation as a core topic

For the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. with its offices and regional programs in Asia-Pacific, digitization, innovation and solutions to resulting challenges are core topics. Together with regional actors from politics, business, society and science, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung promotes the exchange of knowledge between Germany, Europe and Asia with the aim of creating economic and social value through the use of digital technologies.

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Christian Echle

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Head of the Department Asia and Pacific +49 (0) 30 26996 3534

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Publications to the topic

Roundtable Discussion on Digitalisation and Cybersecurity in Asia
with the expert delegation from the Federal Academy of Security Policy (BAKS)
Ein Datennetz umspannt die Erde | Foto: Pixabay/Geralt Pixabay/Geralt
Climate protection with the web3
The tokenisation of carbon credits offers new ways for international climate finance.
Skyline of Seoul Pexels / 정 규송 Nui MALAMA
Digitale Verwaltung in Korea – mit gutem Beispiel voran
Verwaltungsmodernisierung auf hohem Niveau
Data Sovereignty in Action
Ant Group and Didi Chuxing Case Studies
Taiwan (2)
Data Innovations and Digital Democracy
COVID-19 Technological Epidemic Prevention and Digital Data Governance in Taiwan
Data Innovations and Challenges in South Korea
From Legislative Innovations for Big Data to Battling COVID-19
Smart Cities and Data Privacy Concerns in Japan
Muneo Kaigo & Natalie Pang
Hong Kong
Fintech, Data, Innovation and Privacy in Hong Kong
Marko M. Skoric, Chun Hong Tse,Juma Kasadha & Jeremy Pui
Data and Innovations in India
Through the Lenses of Health and Finance
The Next Digital Decade: Case Studies from Asia
Volume 2 - Spaces and Futures
NDD Workshop
The Next Digital Decade: Post Pandemic Future(s)
First in-person workshop in Singapore since the pandemic
Blue Red Illustration Jubilee Street Fair Facebook Event Cover (1)
The Next Digital Decade: Case Studies from Asia
Volume 1 - Traces and Divides
Das nationale Internet-Gateway (Symbolbild) Unsplash / FLY:D
Das nationale Internet-Gateway
Ein Weg zur Internet-Zensur in Kambodscha?
Moving into Our Digital Futures
Online Launch Event of the Volume II of The Next Digital Decade: Case Studies from Asia
Digital Asia Future
Online Launch event of the Volume I of The Next Digital Decade
Digitalisation, trade, and geopolitics in Asia cover
Digitalisation, Trade, and Geopolitics in Asia
China’s Approach to Cyber Sovereignty Bill Hinton Photography/gettyimages
China's Approach to Cyber Sovereignty
Cyber sovereignty: China's strategic concept for its rise as a global digital power
Data and Innovation Singapore
Data Innovation in a Smart City
E-Government and Transport in Singapore
Singapur: Vorreiter und Maßstab bei Künstlicher Intelligenz? unsplash / Victor He
Singapur: Vorreiter und Maßstab bei Künstlicher Intelligenz?
Vierter Teil der Interviewreihe „Künstliche Intelligenz aus globaler Perspektive“
KI in Asien KAS
Künstliche Intelligenz in der größten Demokratie der Welt
Dritter Teil der Interviewreihe „Künstliche Intelligenz aus globaler Perspektive“

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Smarte Bürgerbeteiligung
Interview mit Taiwans Digitalministerin Audrey Tang
David Merkle, Länderreferent China, spricht im Interview mit Digitalministerin Audrey Tang über smarte Bürgerbeteiligung in Taiwan.