Asia-Pacific Telecommunity

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Asia Pacific Telecommunity
Asia Pacific Telecommunity.jpg
Logo of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity
Formation1 July 1979 (40 years ago) (1979-07-01)
TypeInternational organization
HeadquartersThailand Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates13°53′07″N 100°34′37″E / 13.8852767°N 100.5768847°E / 13.8852767; 100.5768847Coordinates: 13°53′07″N 100°34′37″E / 13.8852767°N 100.5768847°E / 13.8852767; 100.5768847
Area served
  • 38 countries
  • 4 associate states
  • 137 affiliates
Thailand Areewan Haorangsi

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 an international treaty titled: Constitution of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity concluded in Bangkok on 27 March 1976 and came into force on 25 February 1979.[1] 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 organization for information and communications technology (ICT) in the region. The APT covers 38 Members, 4 Associate Members, and 137 Affiliate Members.

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.


There are currently 38 Members (countries), 4 Associate Members, and 137 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.[2] 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 Date joining APT
 Afghanistan 1979
 Australia 1979
 Bangladesh 1979
 Bhutan 1998
 Brunei Darussalam 1986
 Cambodia 2007
 China 1979
 Cook Islands 1987
 North Korea 1994
 Fiji 1999
 Hong Kong 2009
 India 1979
 Indonesia 1985
 Iran 1980
 Japan 1979
 South Korea 1979
 Lao People's Democratic Republic 1989
 Macau 1993
 Malaysia 1979
 Kiribati 2011
 Maldives 1980
Member Date joining APT
 Marshall Islands 2005
 Micronesia 1994
 Mongolia 1991
 Myanmar 1979
 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


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.


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.

The APT is divided into five sectors each managing different aspects of the matter handled by the Telecommunity. These sectors are Policy and Regulations (PRF), Radiocommunication (RF), Standardization, Human Resource Development (HRD), and ICT Development (APTICT).


The APT is headed by a Secretary General who is elected to a three-year term by the Member States at the General Assembly.

Chief Executives[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Constitution of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (1979) ATS 4". AustLII. 27 March 1976. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. ^ How to become a member Asia-Pacific Telecommunity. Retrieved on 2017-05-01.