Koror, Palau – Taiwan has announced its intention to establish the Taiwan Digital Opportunity Center (TDOC) in the region to boost its allies’ access to and knowledge on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Taiwan Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu told reporters yesterday, August 22, that he first bared this plan in Tuvalu during the recently concluded Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).

Wu is currently in Palau to attend the state funeral of former President Thomas Remengesau Sr today, August 23.

Wu said that the idea behind the establishment of TDOC is to provide specialists that could teach people and government officials on how to use computers, provide computer equipment, and also to help allies build their own e-government.

E-government refers to the utilization of communication technologies such as computers and internet in providing public service to people.

“So this is what we will do and I can see in a few years, the relationship is only going to get stronger than what it is right now,” Wu said.

TDOC was formerly known as the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project which has a goal of promoting the models formed during the ADOC Project from 2003 and 2014 in Southeast Asian Countries. It aims to bridge digital gaps and build opportunities for Asia-Pacific countries. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)