THE 11th Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF-11) has completed its deliberations after two days of discussions, according to a press release.
ADF-11 considered the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Secretariat’s report on the ICT Development Programme for Supporting ICT Pilot Projects in Rural Areas and also completed preparations for the APT ICT Ministerial Meeting, which includes an assessment of the success of the Bali Action Plan issued at the previous Ministerial Meeting and the preparation of the Joint Ministerial Statement for the ICT Ministerial Meeting, which is hosted by Brunei.
Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, the Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and Chairman of ADF-11, said, “It was a fruitful discussion with valuable input from APT members on the Joint Ministerial Statement for the ICT Ministerial Meeting which will provide direction for the next five years.”
The Joint Ministerial Statement takes a carefully considered approach towards setting focus areas for APT around the theme of “Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT”.
The APT believes that the joint efforts to further strengthen regional collaboration are important to develop telecommunication and ICT, building on the foundation of growth laid by the Bali Action Plan.
Collectively, the APT members will work to build a smart digital economy through ICT in the Asia-Pacific region.
The efforts aim to ensure a safe and secure society through ICT, enabling sustainable ICT growth towards closing the digital gaps in ICT access.