Press Release

GOFD Symposium to develop action plans

18/05/2018

The symposium on Group of Friends on Disability (GOFD) began this morning (18/05/2018) with the main focus on plans to develop action plans, collaboration amongst GOFD economies and share ideas with other APEC sub-foras to advance human resource development.

The symposium on Group of Friends on Disability (GOFD) began this morning (18/05/2018) with the main focus on plans to develop action plans, collaboration amongst GOFD economies and share ideas with other APEC sub-foras to advance human resource development.

With the theme “Remove Barriers- Make rights real an investment for person with disabilities in a digital age” Economy members of GOFD will be pursuing the commitment to develop individual action plans at the end of the one-day GOFD Symposium.

The Chair of the Symposium and Secretary for the Department of Community Development and Religion Ms Anna Solomon said at the opening of the Symposium that the proposed action plans will assist to assess how each economy is progressing in terms of inclusive opportunities for persons with disabilities.

In presenting keynote address, Minister for Community Development and Religion Soroi Eoe said the GOFD symposium is challenged to harness Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as an investment for persons with disability to harness inclusive opportunities.

“ICT is increasingly enabling persons with disabilities to level the playing field with access to information, access to lifelong education and employment.

“The union of the two major trends is reshaping the use of technology to promote inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities.

“For us to fully understand the barriers that exist today, it is vital to identify the different types of disabilities,” said Minister Eoe.

The APEC GOFD was founded by the economies of Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Philippines, United States, Chile and Russia with the intent on promoting equal access and inclusive development for persons living with disabilities