ADB establishes high-level advisory group for digital technology
The eight-person group will provide advice on the use of digital technologies and their implications for ADB's development work, and on digital strategies
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has established a High-level Advisory Group on Digital Technology for Development. The eight-person experts’ group will advise on the use of digital technologies and their implications for ADB’s development work. It will provide input for digital strategies on ADB’s operational priorities, as defined in its Strategy 2030.
The advisory group members are Katsumi Emura, corporation fellow, NEC; Paul Kim, assistant dean and chief technology officer, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Ramayya Krishna, dean and professor of management science and information systems, Carnegie Mellon University; Ted Osius, vice president of public policy for Asia and the Pacific, Google; Vincent Quah, Asia-Pacific lead for education, Amazon Web Services; Piruze Sabuncu, head of southeast Asia and Hong Kong, Stripe; Lito Tayag, country managing director, Accenture Philippines; and Janine Teo, Chief executive officer, Solve Education!
“The establishment of this advisory group will allow ADB to gain insights and strategic advice from digital technology industry leaders as well as academia on how ADB can provide high-quality support for the development agenda of our developing member countries,” says ADB President Takehiko Nakao.
The group held a consultative session with ADB management and senior staff at the start of the ADB Digital Week, where a series of seminars and workshops is being held and the ADB Digital Agenda 2030 will be launched.
As a key enabler of innovation, digital technology has opened new avenues for growth and inclusive development. ADB established a Digital Technology for Development Unit in 2018. This unit and the seven sector groups (education, energy, finance, health, transport, urban, and water) and eight thematic groups (climate and disaster, gender, governance, social development, environment, food security, regional cooperation, and public–private partnership) have been expanding the use of more advanced technologies, especially digital technologies, in every area of ADB operations.
ADB has already incorporated digital technology in operations across sectors and regions. From 2010 to 2018, ADB supported 315 projects that included digital components. Examples include digital tools to teach students, telemedicine and remote health, inclusive finance using smartphones, digital identity incorporating biometrics, smart grid systems for renewable energy, smart sensors for nonrevenue water reductions, and real-time traffic control using intelligent transportation systems.
ADB is also applying earth observation technologies and geographic information systems in its projects, supported by partnerships with the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
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