14th Session of the General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
15 - 17 November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
The 14th Session of the
General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (GA-14) was held from
15 to 17 November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was hosted by the
Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), Thailand. Over 100
participants from 29 Members, 1 Associate Member, 6 Affiliate Members, 5
International Organizations and others attended the event.
GA-14 was inaugurated by Ms.
Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy
and Society, Thailand
GA-14 elected Ms. Ajarin
Pattanapanchai (Thailand) as the President of the Asia-Pacific
Telecommunity. Dr. Syed Ismail Shah (Pakistan) was re-elected as the
Vice-President of the General Assembly for the second term and Mr. Liu
Ziping (People's Republic of China) was elected as Vice-President of the
In addition, GA-14 re-elected Ms. Areewan Haorangsi
(Thailand) as Secretary General of APT and Mr. Masanori Kondo (Japan) as
Deputy Secretary General of APT for the second term (2018-2021).
GA-14 also included a special
session “Executive Panel on Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT”.
This served as an excellent opportunity for the high-level representatives
to discuss the implementation of the Brunei Darussalam Statement of the
Asia-Pacific ICT Ministers on Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT
adopted in 2014 as well as to provide mutually direction or trend of ICT
and APT activities. The Executive Panel was moderated by Ms. Ajarin
Pattanapanchai, President of the APT. The Panelists comprised:
H.E. Mr. Masahiko Tominaga, Vice-Minister
for Policy Coordination (International Affairs), Ministry of Internal
Affairs and Communications, Japan;
H.E. Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General,
International Telecommunication Union (ITU),
H.E. Mr. John Henry Naga, Assistant
Secretary, Department of Information and Communication Technology,
Mr. Dasho Karma Wangchuk Penjor,
Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication, Bhutan.
GA-14 approved the Strategic Plan of the APT for the period
2018-2020. Under this new Strategic Plan, APT will focus its work within
the following Strategic Pillars, which reflect the priority areas
established in the Brunei Darussalam Statement:
Connectivity: Developing the digital Infrastructure;
Innovation: Enabling conducive environments and harnessing the benefits
of new technologies;
Trust: Promoting security and resilience through ICT;
Building: Promoting inclusiveness and
enhancing expertise; and
Partnership: Solidifying strategic cooperation with stakeholders.
GA-14 also approved the Basis
for the Annual Budget of the Telecommunity as well as determined the
limits of Annual Expenditure for the Year 2018-2020 and Pledged
Contributions for the Year 2018-2020. GA-14 also revised the Rules of
Procedure of the General Assembly.
left: Mr. Ilyas Ahmed, Chairman of the Management Committee; Ms.
Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General of APT; Mr. Houlin Zhao,
Secretary-General of ITU, Ms. Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Permanent Secretary,
MDES, Thailand and the newly elected President of the APT; Dr. Syed
Ismail Shah, Vice-President of the General Assembly; Mr. Khin Maung Thet,
President of the APT; and Mr. Masanori Kondo, Deputy Secretary General of
“Executive Panel on
Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT”
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