February 2017

APT Newsletter

Asia-Pacific Telecommunity

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Recent Events                    

 

1st Meeting of the Correspondence Group on the Strategic Plan of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity for 2018-2020 (CGSP-01)

7 - 8 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The 1st Meeting of the Correspondence Group on the Strategic Plan of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity for 2018-2020 (CGSP-01) was held from 7 to 8 February 2017 at APT Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the meeting was to develop a framework for the draft Strategic Plan of APT for 2018-2020 and to identify the priority areas of the activities of the work of APT for 2018-2020. CGSP-1 was attended by 31 participants including 25 experts of CGSP from 16 APT Members and APT Secretariat.

                                                                                                

The Correspondence Group on the Strategic Plan of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity for 2018-2020 (CGSP) was established by the 40th Session of the Management Committee of APT (MC-40) held in Nadi, Fiji in November 2016 to develop a draft of the Strategic Plan of APT for 2018-2020. Mr. Myers Techitong (Palau) was appointed as the Chairman of CGSP by MC-40.

 

As Mr. Techitong was unable to attend CGSP-01 and participated remotely, Mr. Ilyas Ahmed (Maldives), Chairman of the Management Committee of APT, was invited to perform as Acting Chairman for the meeting.

 

CGSP-01 discussed the relevant provisions in the Constitution of the APT, the Brunei Darussalam Statement, United Nation’s ‘the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, Strategic Plan of APT for 2015-2017 and the strategic plans of other related organizations. Based on the brainstorming discussion, the meeting agreed on a framework for the Strategic Plan of APT for 2018-2020 and identified the following five key priority areas as the Strategic Pillars of the activities of APT for 2018-2020:

 

1)     Connectivity : Building the digital Infrastructure

2)     Innovation : Enabling conducive environments and harnessing the benefits of new technologies

3)     Trust : Promoting Security and resilience through ICT

4)     Capacity Building : Promoting inclusiveness and enhancing expertise

5)     Partnership : Solidifying strategic cooperation with stakeholders.

 

The meeting also agreed on a tentative work plan for CGSP. It was decided that the first draft of the Strategic Plan would be made available in early May for members’ review and comments.

 

The 2nd Meeting of CGSP will be held on 27 July 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, back to back with the 17th APT Policy and Regulatory Forum (PRF-17).

 

From left: Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General of APT; Mr. Ilyas Ahmed, Acting Chairman of CGSP and Mr. Masanori Kondo, Deputy Secretary General of APT

 

 

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4th Meeting of Working Group of Management Committee on APT Legal Instruments (WGMC-4)

9 - 10 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The 4th Meeting of Working Group of Management Committee on APT Legal Instruments (WGMC-4) was held from 9 to 10 February 2017 at the APT Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was preceded by the 1st Meeting of the Correspondence Group on the Strategic Plan of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity for 2018-2020 (CGSP-01) held at the same venue. WGMC-04 was attended by 23 participants including representatives of 11 Member Administrations, the Legal Advisor and APT Secretariat staff. The meeting was chaired by Mr. William Kwong Hwa Lee, Chairman of WGMC. Ms. Mina Seonmin Jun, Vice Chairman of WGMC also attended the meeting.

 

The meeting reviewed the outcomes of WGMC-3 held last year in Fiji and the Affiliate Membership Guideline (Guideline 4/MC). Extensive discussion was made on the revision of the Guideline to be consistent with other APT legal instruments, in particular in the event of termination of Affiliate Members. The meeting decided to seek guidance of the General Assembly on the membership termination. The meeting also discussed Rules of Procedure of General Assembly, and mandatory age for retirement of Secretariat.

 

 

 

 

 

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2nd Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-17 (APT WTDC17-2)

20 - 22 February 2017, Papua New Guinea

The 2nd Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-17 (APT WTDC17-2) was held from 20 to 22 February 2017 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The meeting was hosted by the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA), Papua New Guinea.

 

APT WTDC17-2 was attended by 77 participants representing Members, Affiliate Members, International/Regional Organizations, other organization and APT Secretariat. Honourable Jimmy Miringtoro, Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Papua New Guinea, inaugurated the meeting.

 

APT WTDC17-2 adopted a draft guiding principles for restructuring ITU-D study groups, working method, and study questions from APT point of view which will be a basis for the future discussion on ITU-D Study Group structure. The meeting considered possible modification or suppression of certain WTDC Resolutions to be discussed further at next preparatory meetings. A tracking table had been developed to follow up the consideration of the Group regarding the modification or suppression, if any.

 

In addition, the meeting developed an APT View on the following Draft Regional Initiatives which will be submitted to the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 (RPM–ASP 2017) to be held in Bali, Indonesia on 21-23 March 2017 to facilitate further discussion during RPM-ASP:

 

·         ASP1: Addressing special needs of least developed countries, small island developing states, including Pacific island countries, and landlocked developing countries

·         ASP2: Harnessing ICTs to support the digital economy and an inclusive digital society  

·         ASP3: Fostering development of infrastructure to enhance digital connectivity

·         ASP4: Enabling policy and regulatory environments

·         ASP5: Contributing to secure and resilient environment

 

APT WTDC17-2 also reviewed the Work Plan for the upcoming preparatory meetings in 2017. The 3rd meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-17 (APT WTDC17-3) will be held on 5-7 June 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand and the 4th meeting (APT WTDC17-4) is scheduled in August in Malaysia.

 

Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General of APT, with Hon. Jimmy Miringtoro (middle), Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Papua New Guinea, and Mr. Charles Punaha, CEO, National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA, PNG and Chairman of APT-WTDC17

 

 

 

 

 

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New Publication

Research Report on Cybersecurity and Privacy in the APT member Countries

 

With the introduction of new technologies and services such as cloud services, big data and IoT, the boundaries between the industries have blurred, and new markets are being actively created as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) converges with other industries. Such development of the ICT industry and the expansion of global business has led to the rapid increase in the amount of personal data that is collected, used, and provided through ICT devices and the Internet, resulting at times in the cross-border transfer of personal data without the data subject’s knowledge.

 

In order to illustrate and analyze current situation of this region, APT has conducted a study, which was supported by Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA),  to review the legislation and regulation related to cybersecurity & personal data protection in some APT member countries, namely China, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

 

 

In the era of Data Centric Society, there is a need for studies of legal compatibility on personal data protection among APT members to keep up with international trends regarding the cross-border transfer of personal data. To ensure the safety of the cross-border transfer of personal data, establishing legal schemes on personal data protection and assurance of compensation for damage that the data subject can trust is essential. The result of this study can be the basis of additional research work for reviewing laws and upgrading legislation and regulations for the seamless cross-border transfer of personal data between APT member countries.

 

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Upcoming Events

28th APT Standardization Program Forum (ASTAP-28)

6 - 10 March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The 28th APT Standardization Program Forum (ASTAP-28) will be held from 6 to 10 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

The objective of ASTAP-28 is to promote, coordinate and harmonize telecommunication standardization activities across the Asia-Pacific region through regional cooperation. The experts will meet to enhance the level of expertise on standardization among the membership and expands the activities through practical contributions and solutions on the ICT issues in this region. ASTAP-28 will also include the 8th Industry Workshop on "IoT and Smart Cities" which will be held on the first day (6 March 2017).

 

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Training Course on Preparing for International Conferences (2017)

Phase II: Face to Face Course, 27 - 30 March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The APT in collaboration with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing a Training Course on Preparing for International Conferences in 2017. The objective of this training course is to provide necessary training opportunity for newly recruited or junior officials of international relation departments of APT members, who have or will be taking the responsibility to participate and represent their respective countries or organizations in international conferences.

 

The course provides basic and general knowledge of international conference and helps build and strengthen negotiation skills, presentation skills and logical thinking on international issues, which are essential for effective participation and representation in international conferences including APT and ITU. Following the very successful and well-appreciated training course last year, this year’s course also consists from two Phases.

 

Phase I (30 January-3 February 2017): An on-line course was organized on the ITU Academy platform. It provided the necessary background information and allowed the trainees to network among themselves and have on-line discussion on a given topic. This phase, which prepares them for the face to face international mock conference in Phase II, is mandatory.


Phase II (27 - 30 March 2017): In Phase II, a face to face course will be held at the APT Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. The trainees will learn the above-mentioned skills through lectures by distinguished experts as well as practical exercises through mock international conference. (In order to participate in Phase II, it is necessary to finish Phase I with a qualified score.)

 

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21st Meeting of APT Wireless Group (AWG-21)

3 - 7 April 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The 21st Meeting of the APT Wireless Group (AWG-21) will be held from 3 to 7 April 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

The activities of the APT Wireless Group (AWG) cover various aspects of emerging wireless systems to meet the upcoming digital convergence era in the Asia-Pacific region. It is also assisting the process of providing cost effective radiocommunication solutions and facilitating the transfer of technology. At its 21st meeting, AWG will report on the progress of its activities carried out to date.

 

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Meeting of the SATRC Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services

18 - 19 April 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The APT will organize the Meeting of the SATRC Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services (WG PRS) from 18 to 19 April 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The meeting will be hosted by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

 

This meeting is a part of the activities of SATRC Action Plan Phase VI which was adopted by the 17th Meeting of the SATRC (SATRC-17) held in October 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The objective of the meeting is to conduct the Working Group activities on the Work Items assigned by the Council. This meeting will be the first meeting of the Working Group under SATRC Action Plan Phase VI and expected to discuss the Work Items assigned to the Working Group.

 

The Work Items of WG PRS during the implementation of SATRC Action Plan Phase VI are as follows:

a.     Policy and regulatory aspects of infrastructure sharing

b.    ICT regulatory framework for M2M communications and IoT for the SATRC countries

c.     Enhanced consumer protection in digital economy (taking into account the issues of Cybersecurity, Big Data and Data sovereignty)

d.    Regulatory approaches to enhance broadband experiences

e.     Regulatory framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)

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10th Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific (PRFP-10)

25 - 27 April 2017, Nadi, Fiji

The APT will organize the 10th Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific (PRFP-10) from 25 to 27 April 2017 in Nadi, Fiji. The forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Communications, Republic of Fiji, and supported by the Extra Budgetary Contributions from Australia and Japan.

 

The objective of PRFP-10 is to bring together the telecommunications and ICT policy makers and regulators from the Pacific region for a dialogue on issues faced by them. The forum will focus on topics including:

 

1)     Policy and Regulation International Trends and Update of the Pacific, 

2)     Policy and regulation of Over-The-Top (OTT), 

3)     Update on Licensing Mechanism, 

4)     Satellite and Submarine Connectivity, 

5)     Universal Access for the Pacific Countries: Challenges and Opportunities, 

6)     Perspective of Spectrum Management in the Pacific and Challenges to Tackle, 

7)     International Mobile Roaming, Resource Protection: Cyber Threat and Security, and 

8)     Issue of Climate Change and Importance of Telecommunication and ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The forum will be preceded by 1-day workshop on Satellite connectivity topic, which is jointly organized by an Affiliate Member of the APT on 24 April, 2017.

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Click here for Tentative Calendar of APT Events for the Year 2017

Title

Duration

Tentative Schedule

Venue

28th APT Standardization Program Forum (ASTAP-28)

5 days

6-10 March

Bangkok, Thailand

21st Meeting of APT Wireless Group (AWG-21)

 

5 days

3-7 April

Bangkok, Thailand

Meeting of the SATRC Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services

2 days

18-19 April

Dhaka, Bangladesh

10th Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific
(PRFP-10)

1+3 days

24-27 April

Nadi, Fiji

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