Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - UN extolls power of tech in goals to development

UN extolls power of tech in goals to development

UN extolls power of tech in goals to development

Private-sector investment into technology can help developing countries meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), representatives said yesterday at a conference, sparking debate on how Cambodian entrepreneurs can incorporate humanitarian goals into core business operations.

As smartphone ownership and internet connectivity continues to rise in the Kingdom, local entrepreneurs have more ability than ever to harness the power of technology and monetise it, while simultaneously addressing the Kingdom’s developmental failures.

“We are in an era of technology,” said Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron.

“Farmers can now use phone applications to be informed about the price of commodities, for example. Applications can be created to promote health, too.”

At the annual United Nations Day celebration yesterday, the UN launched a new mobile phone application meant to address its 17 SDG’s that include the aims to end poverty, reduce hunger and promote gender equality.

Members of the private sector put forth potential business ideas that could help address these goals.

“Technology is an enabler to get people into jobs and to help them create their own businesses,” said Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata, adding that a recent Phnom Penh Hackathon showed great potential on how innovations could be monetised.

Sok Sikieng, a recently named “Technovation Ambassador” for Cambodia who has devoted herself to educating tech-savvy businesswomen, said businesses could employ the use of technology to address domestic violence.

“There are apps to alert nearby people for help during a domestic attack, and apps for online counselling for survivors,” she said. “But there is more we can do.”

MOST VIEWED

  • CNRP supporters rally in the streets of Tokyo

    Supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Monday rallied on the streets of Tokyo, demanding Prime Minister Hun Sen’s resignation and urging the Japanese government to “save democracy in the Kingdom”. Some 400 protesters in the rally, which was organised by

  • Over 100 Chinese nationals to be deported for online scam

    The Ministry of Interior is planning to deport 128 Chinese nationals after they were arrested in Preah Sihanouk province on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in an online money extortion scam. Y Sokhy, the head of the Department of Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime, told The Post

  • LPG gas explosion injures 13 people, including foreigners, in Siem Reap

    An explosion on Wednesday at a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) car and tuk-tuk refuelling station in Siem Reap city has left 13 people, including an American and a Briton, suffering burns. The seven most severely burned, including a provincial police officer, were sent to a Thai

  • The French mother navigating the capital in her own personal tuk-tuk

    French woman Cecile Dahome gracefully manoeuvres her tuk-tuk through the manic streets of Phnom Penh with the precision of a Japanese katana before a herd of motorcyclists, attempting to perform illegal U-turns, cuts her off. The riders, like baby ducklings following their mother’s tracks,