April 2011 – Phnom Penh
5th SEACOOP Cooperation Forum on “ICT for Inclusion”
SEACOOP has organised a series of events in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the support of the National ICT Development Authority (NiDA), the SEACOOP partner for Cambodia, on April 6 to 8, 2011.
On April 6, a SEACOOP consortium meeting has been held at the Cambodiana Hotel, allowing in particular to collaboratively work on the identification of cooperation priorities between the two regions, in the perspective of the revision (planned for end of June 2011) of the core consortium report “Mapping priorities of cooperation in ICT research between Europe and Southeast Asia”.
On April 7, a cooperation forum on the theme “ICT for Inclusion” has been organized in the same venue by the SEACOOP partnership. The event, attended by over 100 participants, led to promising perspectives. In their concluding addresses, session moderators underlined that beyond the fact that their sessions had led to useful discussions and exchanges of viewpoints, they had also allowed to identify possible common project ideas and projects, and to agree on draft roadmaps to go from reached status to FP7 proposals. The SEACOOP project is expected to provide all participants with ways to efficiently continue their exchanges and support the emergence of FP7 proposals.
On April 8, still in the same venue, the first review meeting of the SEALING FP7 project (through which SEACOOP activities are developing over the period 2010-2011) has been held. In his concluding address, the SEALING project officer from the European Commission expressed his satisfaction concerning the overall performance of the project and congratulated the ten Southeast Asian partners for their commitment to the project and for the quality of the activities they had developed so far. Then, Alexander Lim, Head of the S&T Division of the ASEAN Secretariat reassessed the importance that SEACOOP has in the current developments of S&T cooperation between Europe and Southeast Asia.