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.
As a region, there is significant strength and expertise of ICT that could be tapped and coordinated to the best interest of the region. APT has been active in these areas but there needs to be a special forum that would facilitate a comprehensive, focused and result oriented dialogue to address the development needs and issues for the Asia Pacific region
For this purpose, APT organizes an Asia Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF) for the policy makers, regulators, and other stakeholders of telecommunication development in the region.
The APT has been conducting Meetings on various topics in the field of ICT for the sake of information sharing and coordination of views in the Asia-Pacific region. Topics are selected based on the requests from the APT Members and the request of the host countries. APT Meetings are called “Conference”, “Forum”, “Meeting”, “Workshop”, “Seminar” or “Symposium”, reflecting the purposes of the meetings. Among these meetings, the Asia Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Strengthening Regional collaboration towards Broadband Economy was onsidered as the most important in the sense that it has adopted the “Bali Statement of the Asia-Pacific Ministers on Strengthening Regional Collaboration towards a Broadband Economy in the Asia-Pacific " and Plan of Action" which provided the direction to APT towards enhancing Broadband and ICT Development in the Asia-Pacific region. The “Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum” is expected to be held annually to review the activities of the APT in ICT fields and to discuss some hot issues on the development among APT Members.
B. Exchange of ICT Researchers/Engineers through Collaborative Research Activities in the Field of Advance ICT (J2 Project)
The Program for the Exchange of ICT Researchers/Engineers through collaborative research activities in the field of advance ICT is to promote the development of advanced ICT researchers and engineers in the Asia-Pacific region by the exchange of personnel through international collaborative research projects on advanced ICT. 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 .
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HRD-ICT Programme for Exchange of ICT Researchers/Engineers Projects
C. ICT Development Programme for Supporting ICT Pilot Projects in Rural Areas (J3 Project)
Recognizing the importance of establishing ICT infrastructure in rural areas as expressed in the “Bangkok Agenda” adopted by the APT Ministerial Conference in 2004, the “ICT Development Program for Supporting ICT pilot Projects in Rural Areas” was initiated in 2005 with the objective of narrowing the digital divide in the Asia-Pacific region. Various pilot projects have been established to ensure the access to ICT in rural areas of APT Member countries and to promote and develop ICT and Broadband development in the region.
The 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.
D. Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF)
Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF) is part of APT’s continuous effort of its Asia-Pacific Initiatives for the Information Society (AIIS) Program which focused on assisting members in bridging of the digital divide. This has become important amid the rapid changes of technology, fast changing telecommunications scenarios and tremendous growth of ICT sector. The ADF is a platform that provides an opportunity to identify the specific issues that hinder the development of the telecommunication networks in rural areas and to discuss the appropriate use of new technologies available for rural telecom development.
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 HRD Programme for Exchange of ICT Researchers and Engineers and the ICT Development Programme for Supporting ICT Pilot Projects in Rural Areas and ICT projects funded by the Extra-Budgetary Contribution from Japan. The results of both programs 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.
Meetings/ Seminars/ Workshops
Past and Present ADF Events
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.
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
Regional Interagency Working Group on ICT (IWG)
The ITU World Summit on the Information Society
The World Bank infoDev Program
World Economic Forum
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