EU follows certain principles for strong Asia-Europe connectivity

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ISLAMABAD
Ambassador of European Union Jean-Francois Cautain, Monday said that EU follows certain principles to make strong connectivity between Asia and Europe productive and result-oriented. The principles cover sustainability, transparency, and equal access to all stakeholders.
Addressing a launching ceremony of the Asi@Connect Project here, ambassador Cautain said the launch of Asi@Connect in Pakistan will help bridge the digital divide across Asia Pacific and will cast a positive impact on efforts to strengthen connectivity for research and higher education in the region.
He hoped that the Asi@Connect Project will enhance people-to-people contacts in addition to remarkable results in the form of strong research linkages among scholars across Asia and Europe. He expressed his pleasure that the project, under its 2nd Call for Proposals, has worked on Campus Network Design and Security by Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) and Connecting the Unconnected Internet for Underserved Rural Schools by Balochistan University of Information Technology.
The project is aimed at bridging the digital divide across Asia Pacific by developing a dedicated regional high capacity Trans Eurasia Information Network for research and higher education, and leveraging the e-infrastructure developed for public service projects. Asi@Connect provides dedicated high-capacity internet connectivity for research and education communities across Asia-Pacific, operating at speeds of up to 10 Gbps, which currently interconnects universities and research centres in 23 countries across the region.
It also connects 50 million European researchers and academics served by GÉANT network (Pan European Data Network for R&E Community) and supports collaborative programmes in areas such as earth observation, disaster warning, climate research, food security, delivery of e-health and e-learning. The deadline for submission for Concept Notes under Asi@Connect 4th Call for Proposals is July 15, 2019.
Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training Wajiha Akram said the Government is committed to development of ICT in Pakistan. Despite financial constraints, I strongly believe that the Pakistani nation is resilient and will bounce back to glory. Launched at the Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM 3) in Seoul in 2000, the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) initiative was extended to South Asia in 2009. The network has been one of the most successful ASEM initiatives to connect ICT infrastructures between Asia and Europe.
The total number of connected partners increased to 18 including Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Presently, Asi@Connect project has 23 Asian partners..

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