NBTC & APT host 4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group

NBTC & APT host 4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group

Office of the NBTC in collaboration with The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) hosted the 4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group

Office of the NBTC in collaboration with The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) hosted the 4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-21 (APT WTDC21-4) during 24-28 January 2022 at InterContinental Bangkok Hotel.

Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, hosted The 4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-21 (APT WTDC21-4) during 24-28 January 2022 at the InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok. 

Mr. Trairat Wiriyasirikul, Deputy Secretary-General Acting Secretary-General of the Office of the NBTC, presided over the opening ceremony, followed by a speech from Mr. Masanori Kondo, Secretary General of The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) to welcome the representatives from various countries. 

On this occasion, Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of Telecommunication Development Bureau, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) gave special remarks through a video conference and Dr. Ahmed R. Sharafat, a representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran and chairman of APT WTDC-21, participated and gave remarks to emphasise the importance of this regional preparatory meeting.

The APT Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-21, which is the Asia-Pacific preparatory meeting for the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21), is a platform to establish and maintain Thailand’s position together with relevant agencies. Moreover, various entities from telecommunications and information technology sectors attended the meeting to consider relevant issues that could be helpful in preparing for Thailand’s position and proposals in the WTDC-21 meeting.

Participants of the 4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-21 (APT WTDC21-4) consisted of representatives from the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) member states, including the Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Korea, People's Republic of China, Japan, Thailand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Kingdom of Bhutan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Commonwealth of Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Indonesia, as well as affiliate members and representatives from international organisations such as the ITU, CEPT and RCC. 

All in all, there were 180 representatives in the meeting that was chaired by Dr. Ahmed R. Sharafat from the Islamic Republic of Iran, with Mr. Norifumi Yamaguchi from Japan and Mr. Sung Joon Choi from the Republic of Korea as vice-chairs and Mr. Notachard Chintakanond from International Affairs Bureau, Office of the NBTC as Thailand’s head of delegation. The meeting discussed the region’s views and positions on strategic policies, regional initiatives, and priorities of telecommunication development programs. 

The meeting concluded the outcome of the discussion to develop Preliminary APT Common Proposals for World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21) to be held during 6-15 June 2022 in Africa.

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