Asian IT chiefs gathered in Hong Kong

Between 9-11 December 2008, more than 400 senior executives from the public and private sectors from Hong Kong, China and around the region attended this year's Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) Information and Communications Technology Summit.

This year's ASOCIO ICT summit was organised by Hong Kong's Information and Software Industry Association (ISIA), which was established in July 1999 to promote the standard, recognition and profitability of the local information and software industry for Hong Kong and the region.

21 economies represented

Incepted in 1984, in Tokyo, Japan, the ASOCIO has dedicated itself to promoting, encouraging and fostering relationships, while promoting trade between its member organisations.

ASOCIO's 21 members include Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It has seven guest members from the US, the UK, Canada, Spain, France, Russia and Kenya. Its member associations represent more than 10,000 IT companies in the region.

The summit's main theme focused on the growing role of Asia Pacific in the global digital creative economy and highlighted four key areas crucial for the region to further advance this emerging sector: Public-Private Partnership, Information Technology (IT) Talent, Startup3.0@Asia and Digital Lifestyle.