Event Wrap: ITU Asia Pacific Regional Development Forum

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APNIC’s Duncan Macintosh attended the International Telecom Union’s (ITU) Asia Pacific Regional Development Forum in Bangkok, Thailand on 21-22 August 2015.

Hosted by the Thailand Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, and supported by the Australian government’s Department of Communications, the event welcomed over 100 participants from 28 economies.

Duncan also attended the Asia Pacific Regional Forum on e-Government, Smart Cities and Digital Societies for Sustainable Development on 19-20 August.

The Regional Development Forums provide a platform for high-level discussion between the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and the decision makers of the ITU Member States and Sector Members on the strategies that could impact the BDT’s regional work plan.

The Forum’s nine sessions on ICT development, “smartly” digital strategies, emergency telecommunications, harnessing new technologies, broadband development and access, and policy and regulation provided members with an opportunity to address the five regional objectives approved by the World Telecommunications Development Conference 2014 (WTDC-14):

  1. Foster international cooperation on telecommunication/ICT development issues
  2. Foster an enabling environment for ICT development and foster the development of telecommunication/ICT networks as well as relevant applications and services, including bridging the standardization gap
  3. Enhance confidence and security in the use of telecommunications/ICTs and roll out of relevant application and services
  4. Build human and institutional capacity, provide data and statistics, promote digital inclusion and provide concentrated assistance to countries in special need
  5. Enhance environmental protection, climate-change adaption and mitigation and disaster management efforts through telecommunications/ICTs

APNIC activities:

  • Duncan spoke at the session, “Harnessing the benefits of new technologies” on the critical need for network service providers to deploy and accelerate IPv6 deployment for business continuity and services and Internet infrastructure growth

  • Joining him on the panel were Rajeev Bawa, Acting Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for DTAC and Telenor Group Chief Representative for India, Guillaume Mascot, APAC Public Affairs Director, Alcatel-Lucent Asia-Pacific, and Angus Davis, Chief Strategy Officer, CCI Family of Companies, US
  • Duncan was also able to meet representatives from Timor Leste, Bhutan, Maldives, the Philippines, Pakistan, Cambodia and Intel
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