Asia-Pacific ICT Ministers met in Singapore this week to celebrate the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s (APT) 40th anniversary and set the region’s telecommunications/ and ICT priorities for the next 5 years.

27 June 2019

A delegation from the department, including our Secretary Mike Mrdak AO, attended the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting from 25 to 26 June to contribute to the shaping regional telecommunication priorities and acknowledge the important role of the APT in facilitating regional cooperation on telecommunications in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting occurs every 5 years and provides a forum for ministerial and industry roundtable discussions on the future of telecommunications and information and communications technologies.

The theme for this year's meeting was ‘Co-creating a connected digital future in the Asia-Pacific' and key topics discussed included:

  • Accelerating digital transformation of the economy and society
  • Enabling digital innovation and creativity
  • Making telecommunications and ICT accessible to everyone
  • Establishing digital trust and promoting the protection of data

A Ministerial Statement was adopted, defining the region's priorities for the next 5 years, with a focus on continuing to strengthen regional cooperation.

The Ministerial Statement is available on the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity website.