Digital disruption and transformation have been discussed extensively in recent years, a reflection of the VUCA world we live in. VUCA, a U.S. military acronym that stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, aptly captures the key features of our challenging zeitgeist but also suggests that now is the time for governments and organisations to forge effective partnerships and collaborations that will help them ride out the waves of disruptions.
This was the main message that emerged from the ConnectGov Leaders’ Summit held in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, from 6 to 7 July 2017, where Asian CIOs and global business leaders from more than 10 countries gathered in the “Land of Eternal Blue Skies” to discuss ideas around the theme of “Effective Partnerships for the Digital Age”.
The Summit was organised by CIO Academy Asia (CIOAA), the Singapore-based organisation and think-tank that provides tech and business leaders with access to research, insights and advice on key organisational and business challenges in areas involving the use of technology. The Summit was hosted by the Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of Mongolia, and supported by the World Bank.
Over the course of the intensive 2-day Summit, senior tech leaders from government and the private sector in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Mongolia, as well as senior representatives from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, exchanged ideas from the perspective of government, technology, business, operations, service providers, customers and extended stakeholders.
This was the second Summit organised by CIOAA, the inaugural session being the ConnectGov Leaders’ Summit in Bhutan in 2016.