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Resolution

On

The use of Technology

submitted by Canada

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum,

Cognizant of the fact that human resources are the region's most valuable asset;

Mindful of the importance of education and of the goal of total literacy in the Asia Pacific Region by the year 2010, which was endorsed by this Assembly on January 9, 1997;

Anticipating substantial requirements with respect to telecommunications infrastructures in the next decade, both in developing economies that have to establish these for the first time, and in industrialized economies that have to modernize and improve those already in place, in order to meet future needs;

Recognizing that technologies of the future, such as electronic commerce, present opportunities for economic and social growth that can be enhanced in the next century by providing more people with access to the best technologies;

Noting ministerial meetings will be held in 1998 to deal with issues related to Science and technology and to the Telecommunications and communications industry;

Encouraged by the prospect of an information society for the XXIst century that will enlarge access to information and resources through an Asia-Pacific information infrastructure,

Resolves:

  1. To encourage APEC's member countries to develop technologies;

  2. To give strong support to augmenting the use of learning technologies in order to extend awareness of sustainable development and thereby fight urban pollution and respond to concerns related to the impact of development and demographic growth on food, energy and the environment;

  3. To urge governments to devote the resources necessary to facilitate access to technology so that all individuals can benefit from new learning tools, such as technology-based distance education and training that is consistent with the already determined goal of total literacy in the Asia Pacific Region by the year 2010;

  4. To encourage initiatives that can strengthen dialogue with university experts and promote the participation of business in the development and use of high quality learning tools;

  5. To work towards measures for fast, voluntary and secure trade liberalization, with priority given to sectors related to the development of human resources and the sharing of technology