Asia Pacific (AP) has been a target area of all times as a potential ICT development area. Both ICT Development and ICT for Development are being deployed in AP since long not only because of the potential to develop ICT but also to foster human development index via proper ICT approach. The exchange of ICT researchers and engineers thru collaborative research activities in the field of advance ICT in Asia Pacific is largely recognized as a formal presence from International Telecommunications Union (ITU)’s APT – Asia Pacific Telecommunity.
The Program for the Exchange of ICT Researchers/Engineers through collaborative research activities in the field of advance ICT is to promote the development of advanced ICT researchers and engineers in the Asia-Pacific region by the exchange of personnel through international collaborative research projects on advanced ICT. This supports a face-to-face interaction and the exchange of new ideas and technical know-how among researchers and engineers in the APT member countries.
Since the effects of ICT prevails not only to telecommunication fields but also to a variety of other fields, it is vital for APT to cooperate with other regional and international organizations to accomplish its goals: to foster the development of Telecommunications Services and Information Infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region. For this purpose, APT organizes an Asia Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF) for the policy makers, regulators, and other stakeholders of telecommunication development in the region.
The projects and structures of Asia-Pacific Telecommunity can be highlighted under following categories as projected in APT ICT’s website:
- Exchange of ICT Researchers/Engineers through Collaborative Research Activities in the Field of Advance ICT (J2 Project)
- ICT Development Programme for Supporting ICT Pilot Projects in Rural Areas (J3 Project)
- Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF)