“When it comes to technological advancement, some countries in Southeast Asia still lag behind but are trying to be technologically advanced. Recent changes were made and new projects were implemented in various sectors such as education, communication and transportation in order to keep up with the modernized world. These changes are expected to continue as the region gears up for AEC 2015.”


As one of the poorest countries in the world, there are only small changes that can be seen in the country in terms of technology. The majority still lives in small villages and subsists through agriculture. Though there is a slight increase in the number of shopping centers and urbanized areas in the Laos, it is still weak in general. Even recent technological advancements used in education are not yet implemented in the country.


Being one of the richest countries in the region, Malaysia has totally made use of recent technological advancements in different fields. Home of the Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia is leading in architecture and construction engineering. The country is also the home of Proton, a locally produced, but internationally popular car brand. Even in terms of education, Malaysia utilizes several technological advancements.


For most people, living without electricity is just impossible. However, for Myanmar, only 26% of its total population enjoys electricity. The government currently embarks on an ambitious project that will light up more places in the country. Although the Internet is massively censored in Myanmar, Internet access, though still relatively small, is already present and citizens are expecting the gradual loosening of government control on digital communication and allow more Internet access soon.


The country is currently vastly improving in terms of technological advancements. A lot of people in the country have access to modern gadgets such as smartphones and computers. The Philippines is branded as the world’s texting capital. When it comes to Internet access, the Philippines is also among the top users, with very little government control. However, several universities in the country are still behind when it comes to research laboratories. Transportation systems are also not as organized as other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.


Being the richest country in Southeast Asia, Singapore is also the most technologically advanced. It has a very low poverty rate and most of its people are educated. Singaporean universities are among the best in the world especially in facilities and researches. Singapore uses advanced developments in transportation to accommodate both locals and foreign commuters in its very limited space.


Internet access is Thailand is widespread. Thus, the government now focuses on improving cyber security to fight criminals online. The government has also launched a “1 student, 1 tablet” policy to ensure that students have access to modern devices and improve learning. Social media is also now seen as a huge tool to improve businesses in the country.


Vietnam sees outsourcing of software and other technological equipment as a possibility for the last quarter of 2013 until 2014. The country now has the capacity to create their own version of smartphones and provide mobile communication to its people. Though Vietnam in generally still behind in technological advancement, recent government projects provide hope for the better. These changes only show that the region has also managed to meet the standards set by other countries when it comes to technological advancement. Most of all, these developments are seen as a tool in order to uplift the lives of the people.


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