Asia-Pacific Telecommunity

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Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
Headquarters Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
Membership
  • 38 countries
  • 4 associate states
  • 130 affiliates
Leaders
 -  Secretary-General Japan Toshiyuki Yamada
Establishment 1 July 1979
Website
http://www.apt.int

The Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) was founded on the joint initiatives of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The APT was established by treaty; the treaty was concluded in Bangkok in March 1976 and came into force in February 1979. After the treaty came into force, APT was formally organized on 1 July 1979. The APT is an intergovernmental organization and operates in conjunction with telecom service providers, manufacturers of communications equipment, and research and development organizations active in the field of communication, information and innovation technologies.

APT serves as the focal organization for ICT in the region. The APT covers 38 member countries, with 4 associate members and 130 affiliate members. Through its various programmes and activities, APT has made a significant contribution to the development growth in ICT sectors.

Throughout the past years, APT has been able to assist members in the preparation of Global conferences such as ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP), World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) and the ITU meetings. APT is also involved in promoting regional harmonization of their programmes and activities in the region.

APT continues to support and facilitate its members in bringing about a qualitative and sustainable growth and ICT services. APT plays an active role in bridging digital divide that separates the region.

Membership[edit]

There are currently 38 member countries, 4 associate members, and 130 affiliate members in the APT. Any member of the ESCAP which is within the region is eligible to be part of the APT while to be an associate member, any territory, part or group of territories within the region which is an associate member of ESCAP is eligible.[1] Associate members are highlighted in green. A state becomes a member of APT by ratifying the founding treaty, the Constitution of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity.

Member economy
(name as used in APEC)
Date joining APT
 Afghanistan 1979
 Australia 1979
 Bangladesh 1979
 Bhutan 1998
 Brunei 1986
 Burma (Myanmar) 1979
 Cambodia 2007
 China 1979
 Cook Islands 1987
 Fiji 1999
 Hong Kong 2009
 India 1979
 Indonesia 1985
 Iran 1980
 Japan 1979
 North Korea 1994
 South Korea 1979
 Laos 1989
 Macau 1993
 Malaysia 1979
 Kiribati 2011
Member economy
(name as used in APEC)
Date joining APT
 Maldives 1980
 Marshall Islands 2005
 FS Micronesia 1994
 Mongolia 1991
 Nauru 1979
   Nepal 1979
 New Zealand 1993
 Niue 2002
 Pakistan 1979
 Palau 1996
 Papua New Guinea 1993
 Philippines 1979
 Samoa 2000
 Singapore 1979
 Solomon Islands 2010
 Sri Lanka 1979
 Thailand 1979
 Tonga 1992
 Tuvalu 2011
 Vanuatu 2010
 Vietnam 1979

Objective[edit]

The objective of the Telecommunity shall be to foster the development of telecommunication services and information infrastructure throughout the region with a particular focus on the expansion thereof in less developed areas.

In furtherance thereof, the Telecommunity may:

  • Promote the expansion of telecommunication services and information infrastructure and the maximization of the benefits of information and telecommunications technology for the welfare of the people in the region;
  • Develop regional cooperation in areas of common interest, including radio communications and standards development;
  • Undertake studies relating to developments in telecommunication and information infrastructure technology and policy and regulation in coordination with other international organizations, where pertinent;
  • Encourage technology transfer, human resource development and the exchange of information for the balanced development of telecommunication services and information infrastructure within the region; and
  • Facilitate coordination within the region with regard to major issues pertaining to telecommunication services and information infrastructure with a view to strengthening the region’s international position.

Principal organs[edit]

The APT has three major functioning organs: the General Assembly, Management Committee and General Secretariat. The General Assembly consists of the President and the Vice Presidents; the Management Committee consists of the Chairman and the Vice Chairmen; the General Secretariat consists of the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General and other professional staff.

APT sectors[edit]

The APT is divided into five sectors each managing different aspects of the matter handled by the Telecommunity:

  • Policy and Regulations (PRF).
  • Radiocommunication (RF).
  • Standardization.
  • Human Resource Development (HRD).
  • ICT Development (APTICT).

Acceptance and recognition[edit]

Over the decades APT has worked in close conjunction with various regional, international and UN organizations:

Leadership[edit]

The APT is headed by a Secretary General who is elected to a three year term by the member states of the conference at the General Assembly. The Chief Executive of the Telecommunity holds a D-2 rank in the United Nations.

Chief Executives[edit]

  • Bangladesh Loqman Husain (T.Q.A)
  • Thailand Boonchoo Phienpanji
  • Thailand Chao Thongma
  • Japan Hiroyasu Sonaki
  • South Korea Jong Soon Lee
  • India Amarendra Narayan
  • Japan Toshiyuki Yamada

See also[edit]

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