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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 AI Policies in Asia

with the expert delegation from the Federal Academy of Security Policy (BAKS)


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

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The Next Digital Decade: Case Studies from Asia

Volume 1 - Traces and Divides

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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

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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“

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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.