On 15-17 November 2017, the 14th Session of the General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (GA-14) was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), Thailand, and attended by 104 representatives, alternates, and observers of the Members, Associate Member, Affiliate Members, and International Organizations from 28 countries. On behalf of the Mongolian Government, H.E. Mr. Tugsbilguun Tumurkhuleg, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Mongolia to UN ESCAP, Ms. Binderiya Bold, Director of Foreign Relations Division of the CITA, Mr. Naranmandakh Tumen-Ulzii, General Secretary of the CRC and Ms. Anuu Enkhbold, 3rd Secretary of the Embassy of Mongolia in Thailand are attended.
Opening the session, Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary-General of the APT welcomed all delegates to the 14th Session of the General Assembly (GA-14) and the 41st Session of the Management Committee. Mr. Khin Maung Thet, President of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity, Mr. Ilyas Ahmed, Chairman of the Management Committee of the APT, and other management had speeches.
Ms.Ajarin Pattanapanchai from Thailand was elected as the President, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah from Pakistan was re-elected as the Vice-President and Mr. Liu Ziping from the People’s Republic of China was elected as the Vice-President of the GA-14 respectively.
Throughout the special session of the plenary was Executive Panel on Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT by distinguished panelists from Japan, the Philippines, and Bhutan, as well as ITU Secretary-General Mr. Houlin Zhao. The Executive Panel would focus on certain major topics: Reliable and secure connectivity, Cyber Security, Capacity building, Policy, and legal environment improvement and Cooperation among members.
During the plenary Statements of Member Administrations, Representatives of International and Regional Organizations including Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tuvalu, and Viet Nam was delivered to the Assembly.
Election of Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of the APT for the next three years term 2018-2020 was held in the fourth session of the plenary. Ms. Areewan Haorangsi from Thailand as the Secretary-General and Mr. Masanori Kondo from Japan as the Deputy Secretary-General was unanimously elected both for the second term.
The GA approved the report of the Management Committee on the activities of the APT during 2015-2017 as well as adopted the Strategic Plan and Annual Budget of the APT for 2018-2020 and upon durable discussion agreed that a) no increase on cap more than 3% yearly basis;) should the Ministerial Meeting take place if there is a host? The expense should be the usual fellowship and normal secretariat cost. If there was no host it would be held at APT Headquarters and each Member will take care of their own individual expenses for their Ministers to travel.
GA decided to keep the current level of the unit cost of contribution (USD 10,280) for the period 2018-2020 and to award the fellowship to LLDC, LCD, and SSID countries with below GDP 4,000 USD annually.
Working Group of Management Committee on APT Legal Instruments presented their report with the conclusions of WGMC that there was no necessity at the present moment to change the periodicity of the GA and notification of the withdrawal of the Affiliate Members. The report was adopted by GA. Although there will be no change, GA advised concerned Members to engage those Affiliate Members who are in arrears to settle down the outstanding debt.
At the end of the session, GA agreed to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the APT in 2019.