Taiwan has furthered its aim of helping Asia-Pacific countries improve their digital capabilities by participating in setting up a digital opportunity center to help visually impaired jobseekers in Malaysia.
The center will provide job training courses and counseling to boost job prospects for visually impaired people, many of whom have been out of work for extended periods of time, despite being educated and skilled, Lin Ming-li (林明禮), Taiwan’s deputy representative to Malaysia, said at the opening of the center on Tuesday.
The center in Malaysia was a joint endeavor by Chunghwa Telecom Co, Tamkang University and APEC’s Digital Opportunity Center Secretariat.
The center was part of a project proposed by Taiwan at an APEC summit in 2003.
The project aims to improve the livelihoods of people from member states, regardless of gender, education or physical or mental challenges, through the use of electronic technology.
Since the launch of the program in 2004, Taiwan has worked with 10 APEC members including Russia, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam to establish 92 digital centers to narrow digital divides.