C&M International’s Asia-based digital policy team joined an industry delegation last week at a key gathering to discuss Southeast Asia’s future digital economy. Singapore hosted the 4thASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting (ADGMIN) from 30 January to 02 February, 2024 under the theme “Building an Inclusive and Trusted Digital Ecosystem”. Josephine Teo, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, chaired the meeting alongside her counterpart from Thailand, Prasert Jantararuangtong, Minister of Digital Economy and Society as the Vice Chair.
Key themes that were top-of-mind for policymakers and the private sector alike included AI governance, data flows, cybersecurity, digital trade, and digital infrastructure. Member states of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, encompassing all of the major economic powers in the region, endorsed guidelines and made action-oriented commitments aligned with their vision to create an enabling environment to support the region’s holistic digital transformation.