|The Global Business Dialogue on e-Society (GBDe) held General Assembly Meeting on December 8th, 2011 in Huaqiao/Kunshan, China. This was the first time in GBDe’s history that the annual meeting to be held in China. Invited guests and GBDe members had discussions on 2011 annual theme "Harnessing the Power; Mitigating the Risks," along with sub-themes "Trust and the Rise of Cloud Computing" and "Disaster Response & Recovery: ICT’s Role." GBDe would like to thank all the guests who have attended and contributed to the event. The list of guest speakers, presentation materials and agenda can be found here.|
At TEL 44, several of our member companies’ representatives attended as speakers for both meetings and seminars such as the Disaster Management Seminar for ICT Digital Steering Group’s (DSG) project. They presented some case studies and information from their experiences and aspects.
We believe that the theme for our approaching annual General Assembly Meeting (GAM), "Harnessing the Power; Mitigating the Risks", is deeply related to many of APEC TEL’s projects.GBDe truly hopes that we could keep exchanging useful and important information that will be mutually beneficial.
Information sharing, open innovation and standardization are essential to effectively utilize ICT’s mighty power to combat today’s issues, Mr. Nagata expressed GBDe’s intent to continue strengthening cooperation with APEC associates to create a better ICT society through opportunities like upcoming TEL meetings and GBDe’s GAM.
On behalf of GBDe, Mr. Chihara of NEC Corporation attended the APEC ECSG (Electronic Commerce Steering Group) meetings held in San Francisco.
GBDe has been participating in the discussions of the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System, which has been successfully completed and will be rolled out among APEC participating economies. GBDe has provided ECSG with knowledge and experience on cross-border trustmark programs and cross-border dispute resolution networks.
At the ECSG plenary meeting GBDe reported its recent activity in the area of consumer confidence in e-commerce. The ATA (Asia-pacific Trustmark Alliance), which GBDe has supported since its inception, has expanded to 15 participating economies, including Europe, and expansion to South America is being considered. The cross-border e-commerce consumer dispute resolution network which GBDe has initiated is taking shape with funding support from the Japanese government.
GBDe also reported on this year’s annual plenary meeting, to be held on December 8th in Huaqiao, China. The theme of this year's meeting is "Harnessing the Power; Mitigating the Risks" and the two main discussion themes will be The Trust and Rise of Cloud Computing, and Disaster Response and Recovery; ICT's Role.
At the meeting, Mr. Nagata presented a message from Mr. Enomoto, co-chair of GBDe 2011.
In the message, Mr. Enomoto thanked APEC TEL members for all their kind consideration of the earthquake in Japan. This tragic event made him feel even more keenly the importance of telecommunication infrastructure to society, especially in such emergency situations.
Expressing his appreciation for the hard efforts that made last October’s TELMIN8 meeting in Okinawa so productive and successful, Mr. Enomoto stated his hope that APEC TEL will continue to contribute to the development of ICT and resolution of cross-border security issues. He concluded his message by stating that GBDe would like to enhance collaboration with APEC TEL, especially in the area of disaster management.
At the meeting, Mr. Nagata also reported on recent GBDe activities and introduced GBDe’s Digital Life Issue Group’s reflection paper on how ICT can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
GBDe would like to express its deep appreciation to former TEL chair Mr. Zi-Ping Liu, who demonstrated great leadership from TEL 39 to 43. GBDe will continue to actively contribute under the leadership of the new TEL chair, Mr. Kenji Tanaka.
Message from Mr. Enomoto, co-chair of GBDe 2011
GBDe has been participating in the APEC ECSG as one of the representatives from private sector since 2003. GBDe provides ECSG with knowledge and experience on cross-border trustmark program and cross-border dispute resolution network.
GBDe reported the activity update in the area of consumer confidence in e-commerce. In regard to global trustmark alliance, with Euro-Label's participation in 2010, ATA (Asia Pacific Trustmark Alliance) now has 15 member economies participation. ATA will soon change its name from ATA to WTA (World Trustmark Alliance) and collaborate among member economies.
As for dispute resolution in the cross-border e-commerce, the 2-year pilot project of ICA-NET (International Consumers Advisory Network), which GBDe has been vigorously supporting, has finished last year with fruitful result. ICA-NET is now in talk with ECC-Net in Europe for inter-region cooperation in e-commerce dispute resolution.
GBDe also reported on annual plenary meeting plan this year. The meeting will be held in late October in Shanghai, China. Many e-commerce key players as well as government officials will be invited to exchange information and opinions for further growth of cross-border e-commerce. E-commerce is also rapidly expanding in China, and very intriguing discussions with them are expected at the meeting. Stay tuned for more detailed information about the annual plenary meeting.