Ministry of Information and Communication Technology
Showcasing Thailand’s Prowess and Potential
The 14th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting: ASEAN TELMIN 14
Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), under current administration of the Thai Government, is honored to host “The 14th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting: ASEAN TELMIN 14” and The 15th ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Senior Officials Meetings: TELSOM events during 19-23 January 2015 at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, under the theme “Transforming ASEAN: Moving Towards Smart Communities”. The events’ objectives are to promote and support coordination in and development of information (technology) and communication technology in ASEAN region, as well as fostering the existing presence of ASEAN Community whilst providing support in terms of promoting and encouraging the role of Thailand upon ASEAN regional stage and the country’s preparedness for the duty of playing host to the upcoming ministers meetings and conferences so as to enhance Thailand’s competitiveness level in light of its future as a key player and leader in information and communication technology within ASEAN region. These upcoming events, in which will be participated by the ministers in charge and delegates from ASEAN member states, are to be presided over by Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Thailand’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology Dr. Pornchai Rujiprapa has revealed that ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (ASEAN TELMIN) is scheduled to be held annually to serve as a platform for promoting and developing the cooperation in terms of telecommunications and information technology among the 10 ASEAN member states and between ASEAN and the Dialogue Partner and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — covering a wide array of high-level discussions ranging from IT infrastructure development, human resources development, bridging the digital divide, innovation, to monitoring and supervision of telecommunication enterprises, etc.
With each ASEAN member state rotating in playing host to the ASEAN TELMIN event annually in alphabetical order, following the previous year’s ASEAN TELMIN member state and host ‘Singapore’, this year marks the occasion upon which ‘Thailand’ will receive the honor and take turn in organizing the Meeting accordingly. There will be a myriad of high-level delegates participating in the aforementioned event, all of who are comprised of the ministers in charge of ICT, senior Telecommunications and IT officials as well as the representative officials from the 10 ASEAN member states, including those from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, in addition to the ‘dialogue partners’ from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, European Union (EU), as well as the Secretariat of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and ASEAN Secretariat. Approximately 300 participants are expected to attend the Meeting.
In addition to the Meeting, there will be the ASEAN ICT Awards ceremony and announcement of the winners in several ICT-related categories. ASEAN ICT Awards has already been organized for three consecutive years with the objectives to promote the matters related to innovation and ICT inventions in terms of hardware, software and service. Each participatory member state is to nominate its own contestants to compete with other member states’ nominees; the competitions must remain in line with ICT innovations and developments. There are six categories in the competition of ASEAN ICT Awards: Public Sector, Private Sector, Digital Content, Corporate Social Responsibility, Startup Company, and Research and Development.
Dr. Pornchai Rujiprapra has continued that in addition to playing host to this year’s Meeting, Thailand is also scheduled to preside over the meetings during which several topics related to ICT development in ASEAN region are to be discussed as follows:
- E-service development: To be implemented both domestically and among ASEAN member states in order to ensure that the member state’s citizens and those in the business sector be given access to exceptional and seamless e-services;
- Providing supports for e-transactions within ASEAN Community whereby focus is to be made upon promoting the framework of e-security and e-safety at times of transactions being carried out within ASEAN member states so as to enhance the level of confidence in consumers and e-users;
- Providing supports for cooperation in Internet security among agencies and organizations concerned with the matter, including to create awareness of how to properly make use of online social networks through mutually amicable interactions;
- Developing and enhancing the required skill sets for ICT tasks within ASEAN Community whereby the skills criteria are to be promoted and ICT personnel’s competency are to be elevated;
It is to be hoped that, during the meetings, both ASEAN Community and Thailand will be able to attain their goals in accordance with ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015 particularly in the following topics: ICT as an Engine for Growth, Global ICT Hub, Enhanced Quality of Life for Peoples of ASEAN, and Contribution towards ASEAN integration.
In addition to the cooperation among ASEAN member states, concerted efforts with the dialogue partner states such as China, South Korea, Japan and India, are to be implemented as well. Meanwhile, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will also provide supports for ASEAN member states, including Thailand, in terms of operational budget, ICT personnel training and ICT human resources development, sharing of knowledge and making exchange of experiences.
“One of the highest priorities to be addressed during this year’s meetings includes the mater of establishing the Second Edition of ASEAN ICT Masterplan. The first edition, i.e. ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015, will have come to the end this year (2015); therefore, it is natural for ASEAN to make concerted efforts so as to draw up another version of the instrument in light of sustaining and facilitating the process of entering ASEAN Community in the years to come as well as in response to the upcoming ICT-related Mega Trends such as preparation of Big Data, protection of data privacy, cloud computing, etc. The new instrument will be serving as a guideline for Thailand and other ASEAN member states with respect to the topic of ICT development as well; in essence the five-year strategic plan is to be established, which should cover relevant strategies to (ASEAN) becoming ASEAN single market, economic development, human resources development, innovation, IT infrastructure, ICT ASEAN integration, new media and digital content, IT security, etc.,” concluded Dr. Pornchai Rujiprapa.