PREGINET participates in SEACOOP Forum on NEM
By: steph, June 29, 2010

SEACOOP Forum on NEMThe Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) participated in the SEACOOP Open Cooperation Forum on Network and Electronic Media (NEM) last 23-24 June 2010 held at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

The objectives of the research forum are: (1) to boost the existing cooperation projects between the two organizations of the two regions, evaluate research topics which can be usefully explored through joint projects on NEM; and (2) to create opportunities in ICT in the framework of the European Commission’s FP7 research funding programme.

According to Roger Torrenti, CEO of Sigma Orionis, the EU-SEA cooperation should be developed under FP7 because “in the present period of market globalization, international cooperation is strategic and Europe and South East Asia are two key players in today’s global economy who are logically looking for strengthened relations.”

The forum was attended by selected representatives from SEACOOP’s different project partners in Europe and Southeast Asia which include Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam.

SEACOOP is an initiative supported by the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate General Information Society and Media through its Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6 and FP7) since 2004, as well as by the ASEAN Secretariat since 2008. The initiative’s goal is to support the development of Information Society policy dialogues and strengthen the cooperation on ICT research between the European Union (EU) and ASEAN countries.

SEACOOP is presently being coordinated by Sigma Orionis, a private company based in France that supports collaborative research and global innovation in ICT.

The Philippines, through the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), hosted the various SEACOOP events from 21-24 June 2010 in Cebu and Manila.