The development of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure is a major challenge for many countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Whilst many APT member countries are making huge efforts to bring telecommunications and ICT facilities to their people at an affordable price, there are many key issues in the areas of policy, technology, applications, resource mobilization, etc., that needed to be addressed for effective deployment.
B. International Collaborative Research (Category-I Project)
The International Collaborative Research (Category-I Project) is formerly known as “HRD Programme for Exchange of ICT Researchers/Engineers”. The objective of the programme is to promote the exchange of advanced knowledge and technical know-how among ICT researchers/engineers in the Asia-Pacific region through international collaborative research projects on advanced ICT and ICT utilization. This supports a face-to-face interaction and the exchange of new ideas and technical know-how among researchers and engineers in the APT member countries.
The criteria have been updated regularly to reflect the rapid technological changes and other circumstances since initiation of the program in 2001. The programme now is being implemented recognizing the importance of human resource development as expressed in the above Asia Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Strengthening Regional collaboration towards Broadband Economy.
C. ICT Pilot Projects for Rural Areas (Category-II Project)
Various projects have been established to ensure the access to ICT in rural areas of APT Members and to facilitate development of ICT infrastructures/services in the region. The example of subject fields of the pilot projects are construction of multi-purpose telecenters in rural areas, introduction of new wireless technologies systems in rural areas, and other topics for contributing to ICT development in rural areas employing emerging technologies.
From the year 2016, this programme will be referred as “ICT Pilot Projects for Rural Areas (Category-II Project)”.
D. Publishing Programme for ICT Policy and Development
This programme, funded by the Extra Budgetary Contribution from Japan, supports publishing activities about ICT Policy and Development at the APT Secretariat for the APT Member countries especially about issues that cannot be solved by a single country, namely disaster management, global warming, energy, medical care, cyber-security and so forth.
In order to help the Member countries tackle regional challenges in the ICT field, and also increase awareness of the Members on the APT activities for ICT Policy and Development in the region, the outcome may be adopted as APT’s Reports, Guidelines, etc. with necessary amendments in the Work Programmes, and will be distributed to Members widely.
In June 2004, the first APT Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF) was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The event became a platform in finalizing the draft text of Bangkok Agenda that was submitted to the Ministerial Conference on Broadband and ICT Development that was held in July 2004. . The ADF is also linked to the achievement in the International Collaborative Research and the ICT Pilot Projects for Rural Areas funded by the Extra-Budgetary Contribution from Japan. The results of both programmes were also reported in the ADF allotted session for the sharing the fruitful results and research findings under the close co-operation of the local collaborators and Japanese Experts in the APT Member states from the various fields of telecommunication and ICT development.
Mr. Narendra K. Yadav, Member (Services), Telecom Commission, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India. (nominated at the beginning of ADF-12)
Ms. Charuda Luanglath, Director of Promotion Division, E-Government Center, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Lao PDR (selected at the beginning of ADF-12)
Mr. Hideo Nakamura, Director for International Policy Coordination, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan (selected at the beginning of ADF-12)
Upcoming ADF Meeting
(August 3-5, 2016, Singapore)
Past and Present ADF Events
(September 22-24, 2015, Macao, China)
(September 08-09, 2014, Brunei Darussalam)
(August 20-22, 2013, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
The 9th Asia Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF-9)
(August 22 -24, 2012, Bangkok, Thailand)
The 8th Asia Pacific Telecommunications and ICT Development Forum (ADF-8)
(June 28 - 30, 2011, Macao, China)
Asia-Pacific Telecommunications and ICT Development Forum (ADF)
(May 18 - 20, 2010, Japan)
Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF)/ Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Ministerial Meeting
(Nov. 10 - 11, 2009, Indonesia)
Asia Pacific Telecommunications and ICT Development Forum (ADF)
(Nov. 11 - 13, 2008, Thailand)
Since the effects of ICT prevails not only to telecommunication fields but also to a variety of other fields, it is vital for APT to cooperate with other regional and international organizations to accomplish its goals: to foster the development of Telecommunications Services and Information Infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region.
Brunei Darussalam Statement of the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministers on Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT
Bali Statement of the Asia-Pacific Ministers on Strengthening Regional Collaboration towards a Broadband Economy in the Asia-Pacific
Bali Statement of the Asia-Pacific Ministers on Strengthening Regional Collaboration towards a Broadband Economy in the Asia Pacific (Plan of Action)
Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Ministerial Meeting (10 - 11 November 2009, Bali, Indonesia)
Tokyo Declaration / Action Plan
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