UN APIS Steering Committee session starts Nov 1

28 Oct,2017


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

As the first step for implementing the master plan of Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (APIS) of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the 2-day session of the APIS Steering Committee will begin here on November 1 next.

The steering committee session, which is expected to be attended by over 100 representatives from UN ESCAP member countries, will take some important decisions for implementing four pillars -- connectivity, internet traffic management, e-resilience and broadband for all as stipulated in the master plan, said an official on Saturday.

Bangladesh was elected president of the Working Group of APIS of UN ESCAP at the second meeting on the Working Group of APIS held in Guangzhou of China in August, 2016.

“Bangladesh has been playing a significant role as Chair of the Working Group on the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (APIS),” said State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak.

He said the working group finalises the Master Plan to implement APIS for ensuring seamless communication network in Asia-Pacific region in cooperation with the ESCAP members and associate members along with the international and regional partners.

“So, the first session of the APIS Steering Committee will direct us towards the effective way to operationalise the APIS Master Plan,” Palak said hoping that this meeting would be a landmark for achieving SDGs through regional cooperation.

He said Dhaka is ready to welcome all the foreign delegates.

“The first session of the Steering Committee will address the regional layer around the four pillars as stipulated in the master plan,” said Banamali Bhowmick, Director General of ICT Department who had represented the second meeting on the APIS Working Group.

He said Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) activities will be developed around the four pillars and should facilitate the implementation of the sub-regional and national ICT initiatives.

It is very important to define tasks to implement the master plan after reviewing already-implemented and ongoing projects, Bhowmick said.

He said the session will help find out regional and sub-regional implementations plan of the APIS initiatives and identify the challenges and opportunities in implementing the initiative.


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