Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting on Sept 10-11

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ASIA-Pacific ministers will gather in Brunei this week to discuss policy guidelines on the development of ICT and telecommunications in the region.

Slated to be held on September 10-11, the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting will be preceded by the 11th Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF-11) that starts today.

Themed “Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT”, the meeting provides a platform for the ministers to have free and open discussions on the pressing issues of the industry.

According to the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity website, the meeting also aimed to evaluate and follow up on its development towards achieving the objectives of the Bali Statement and Plan of Action, which was endorsed in 2009.

The meeting will also commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity, an intergovernmental organisation that operates with telecom service providers, manufacturers of communications equipment, and research and development organisations in the region.

Among the agenda that will be discussed during the meeting include the achievement of the Bali Plan of Action, safe and secure society through ICT and enabling a sustainable ICT ecosystem for an innovative economy. Brunei’s Ministry of Communications is also expected to prepare the Ministerial Statement and Plan of Action for submission to the ministerial meeting for consideration and adoption. The Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF) is an annual forum that focuses on assisting members in bridging the digital divide, while also providing an opportunity to identify issues that hinder the development of telecommunication networks in rural areas. The opening ceremony will be at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

The Brunei Times