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Asia-Pacific Telecommunity

September 2019








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The 16th APT Telecommunication/ICT Development Forum (ADF-16)

10 – 12 September 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The 16th APT Telecommunication/ICT Development Forum (ADF-16) was held from 10 to 12 September 2019, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  It was hosted by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) of Cambodia. A total of 111 participants from APT Members, Associate Member, Affiliate Members, International Organizations, other organizations, and the APT Secretariat attended the meeting.


His Excellency Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia, delivered the inaugural address.


The forum addressed topics relevant to Connectivity Pillar and Innovation Pillar of the Strategic Plan of the APT for 2018-2020. It also provided opportunities for APT Projects supported by Extra Budgetary Contribution from Japan, namely International Collaborative Research (Category-I Project) and ICT Pilot Projects for Rural Areas (Category-II Project) or EBC-J projects, and those Projects  supported by Extra Budgetary Contribution from Republic of Korea or EBC-K projects to share their outcomes and achievements.


The forum also had small group discussion among participants regarding APT projects to identify problems/issues to be tackled and suggestion to improve. Through the small group discussion, there were key take-aways, such as encouraging community to involve in the APT projects, proper project management including sustainability plan, identifying ownership of the projects after the project concluded, capacity building, inclusive engagement of relevant stakeholders, information sharing platform, etc. Based on these takeaways, APT Secretariat would be able to enhance the APT projects scheme to better meet the needs from its memberships.


There were also exhibition booths from NICT, JTEC, KDDI Foundation and local industries to showcase at the forum which was proven successful. The exhibition will continue to be provided along with the ADF meeting.


The forum selected Ms. Tepua Hunter from Cook Islands and Mr. Tomonao Watanabe as Vice-Chairmen of ADF for the next two years term.


From left: Mrs. Tepua Hunter, Vice-Chairman of ADF; Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General of APT; H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Cambodia, and Dr. Ky Leng, Chairman of ADF

















APT Ministerial Meetings




Interview with Ms. Aileen Chia
Deputy Chief Executive, Policy, Regulation & Competition Development and Director General, Telecoms & Post of the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), Singapore


The 6th Meeting of the Working Group of Management Committee on APT Legal Instruments (WGMC-6)

17 – 19 September 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The 6th Meeting of the Working Group of Management Committee on APT Legal Instruments (WGMC-6) was held from 17 to 19 September 2019 at the APT Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by 28 participants from 11 APT Members and the APT Secretariat.


WGMC-6 reviewed and discussed on following issues:


·         Affiliate Membership Guidelines and Its Application Form

·         Human Resource Management Plan of the APT Secretariat

·         Unit Cost of Contribution

·         APT Documents Framework

·         MoU between APT and Other Organizations

·         Draft Guidelines on the Coordination of Nominations for and Expectations of Office Bearers to ITU Groups

·         Draft Terms of Reference of the Correspondence Group for the Strategic Plan of the APT for 2021-2023 (CGSP).


WGMC-6 agreed to meet on 9 December 2019, one day prior to MC-43 to review the pending issues including the Human Resource Management Plan, the Unit Cost of Contribution and MoU between the APT and Other Organizations.







APT Symposium on Disaster Management 2019 (APT-SDM 2019)

24 – 26 September 2019, Quezon City, The Philippines

The APT Symposium on Disaster Management was held from 24 to 26 September 2019 in Quezon City, the Philippines. It was hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Philippines and supported by the Governments of Australia and Japan through their Extra-Budgetary Contributions. The Symposium was attended by 208 participants from APT Members, Affiliate Members, international organisations, invited Speakers and the APT Secretariat.


The Symposium was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Gregorio B. Honasan II, Secretary, DICT, the Philippines.


The Symposium reviewed and discussed on Policy and Regulatory issues for the use of ICT in Disaster Management, Case Studies of APT Member countries in Disaster Management, Technical Solutions for use ICT in Disaster Management, Network Resilience against Disaster, Use Cases of IoTs and Sensors in Disaster Management, Satellite, Mobile and other Technologies in Disaster Management and Lesson learned and Experience in Disaster Management. Panel discussion on International Collaboration frameworks for Disaster Management was also conducted.


Site Visit to National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council - Operations Center at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Operation Center at Makati City was also arranged in the afternoon of 26 September 2019.



From left:   H.E. Mr. Gregorio B. Honasan II, Secretary, DICT, the Philippines; Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General, APT, and Mr. Eliseo M. Rio Jr., Undersecretary, DICT, the Philippines.







Upcoming Events




The 12th APT Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific (PRFP-12)

1-3 October 2019, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

The APT will organize the 12th APT Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific (PRFP-12) from 1 to 3 October 2019 in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change, & Communications (MEIDECC), Government of Tonga and supported by the Extra Budgetary Contributions from Australia and Japan.


PRFP-12 will continue to focus its work within the five Strategic Pillars of the Strategic Plan of the APT for 2018-2020 in the context of Pacific countries, supplemented by issues indicated in the Strategic Goals and priority areas set out in the Singapore Statement adopted at the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting on “Co-creating a Connected Digital Future in the Asia-Pacific” (APT-MM 2019) held from 25 to 26 June 2019 in Singapore.


In addition, PRFP-12 will provide opportunity for members to get the updates on the outcomes of the discussion from the APT-MM 2019. PRFP-12 will also include Roundtable of high-level policy makers and regulators which is aimed to provide open conversation to enhance understanding on ICT and telecommunication issues. The Forum will address issues such as Digital Transformation, Digital Inclusion, Connectivity in the Pacific, Issues in Telecommunication Industry, Cybersecurity, E-Application and its role in the Pacific, and Disaster Management in the Pacific.


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APT Symposium on Cybersecurity 2019 (APT-SC 2019)

8 -10 October 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The APT will organize the APT Symposium on Cybersecurity 2019 (APT-SC 2019) from 8 to 10 October 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The symposium will be hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysia.  


Last year, the APT Symposium on Cybersecurity 2018 was firstly held in Seoul, Republic of Korea with the active participation from APT members and stakeholders. Considering the interest and need of the members on cybersecurity issues, the 42nd Session of the Management Committee of the APT (MC-42) agreed to hold the APT Symposium on Cybersecurity in 2019.


The objective of the APT Symposium on Cybersecurity 2019 is to bring APT members to a common platform for a dialogue on cybersecurity issues and to provide them an opportunity to share and address key issues of concern, as well as to facilitate intra-regional collaboration as required. Industry leaders and other key stakeholders also share their views on various cybersecurity issues facing the sector.


The specific objectives are to:

·         Assist members to collaborate to build and strengthen trust and confidence in the use of ICT;

·         Provide a platform to exchange information on implementation of polices/regulations in cybersecurity measures, including best practice or guidelines. To share experiences and lessons learned in the field of cybersecurity;

·         Share information on the cybersecurity threat landscapes in the digital economy environment and suggest plausible solutions;

·         Discuss and share knowledge and experience in secure entity of digital identity and protect from identity theft;

·         Raise awareness and exchange knowledge in critical information infrastructure protection

·         Discuss and share knowledge and experience in managing cybersecurity in smart cities and use of blockchain technologies in cybersecurity.

·         Address data privacy issues while keeping free and secure flow of information including cross-border; and

·         Encourage initiatives through international collaboration towards the secured cyberspace in Asia-Pacific. 



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Click here for Tentative Calendar of APT Events for the year 2019 (as of 30 September 2019)



Duration (day)

Tentative Schedule




12th Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific (PRFP-12)


1-3 Oct.





APT Symposium on Cybersecurity 2019

(APT-SC 2019)


8-10 Oct.





Seminar on Progress in APT for the Year 2019


9 Dec.




The 7th Meeting of the Working Group of Management Committee on APT Legal Instruments (WGMC-7)


9 Dec.




The 43rd Session on the Management Committee of the APT (MC-43)


10-13 Dec.




SATRC Workshop on Spectrum


18-20 Dec.





List of APT Training Courses in 2019



Training Course



Training Center


Spectrum Management and Monitoring

7 days

31 Jul-6 Aug

RGMTTTC, Chennai



The Passive Optic Network Planning and Implement

(For Affiliate Members)

12 days

5-6 Aug

WRIPT, Wuhan

P.R. China


Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Technologies

Phase I: Online Training Course

5 weeks

19 Aug.-21 Sep

TOT Academy



Block Chain Technology

5 days

26-30 Aug

RTTC, Hyderabad India


State of Computing in 5G Network and IoT Analytics

5 days

7-11 Oct

TOT Academy,



Sensing, Connection and Applications for Intelligent Internet of Things

11 days

21-31 Oct

XUPT, Xian

P.R. China


Future Network Technologies Including 5G

8 days

5-12 Nov

BUPT, Beijing

P.R. China


Satellite Communication

7 days

14-20 Nov

ALTTC, Ghaziabad



Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analysis

10 days

20-29 Nov

E-CAICT, Shanghai

P.R. China


Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Technologies (Phase II: Face-to-Face Training Course)

5 days

25-29 Nov

TOT Academy



Security Measures for the Era of Artificial Intelligence

9 days

2-10 Dec

NJUPT, Nanjing

P.R. China