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ASIA-PACIFIC TELECOMMUNITY to build a smart digital economy
BRUNEI and other members of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), a regional infocommunications technology (ICT) organisation, are aspiring to build a smart digital economy.
Industry participants in yesterday’s Asia-Pacific Development Forum (ADF) said policies are needed to create business opportunities, foster sustainable development of ICT sector and promote growth in the region.
“These policies should stimulate innovation and creativity with appropriate level of regulatory mechanisms, while protecting consumers’ interest,” APT members said in a statement issued yesterday.
APT members said these policies should promote affordable national broadband access and improve international broadband connectivity among Asia-Pacific countries. The policies will also encourage investments in the region.
APT members also acknowledged the need to build a highly- skilled ICT workforce.
 “We (APT members) will enhance and expand training programmes in the Asia-Pacific by focusing on the specific needs in the region to share their experiences, techniques and challenges in developing ICT applications and services,” the statement read.
APT members will encourage development of applications and services by creating opportunities for developers in the Asia-Pacific region.
ICT industry participants from the region gathered together in the Sultanate for a two day forum which ended yesterday. Hj Yakhup Hj Menudin, chief executive of Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry (AITI) of Brunei Darussalam, chaired the ADF.
The points raised by APT members during the forum will be presented in today’s Asia-
Pacific Telecommunity ICT Ministerial Meeting. -Analisa Amu
Courtesy of The Brunei Times