Asean ICT ministers to gather in Cebu for top-level regional meeting

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Top ICT ministers and senior officials from ten Asean member-states will attend the 13th Asean Telecommunications and IT Senior Officials Meeting (Telsom) and the 12th Asean Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting (Telmin) to be held at the Mactan Shangri-la Hotel in Cebu. Aside from Asean countries, dialog partners from China, India, Japan, Korea, the European Union and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will also attend to discuss the region?s progress in ICT relative to the Asean ICT Masterplan (AIM) and to map out policy directions for Asean?s ICT initiatives for the coming year. This year?s conference and Telmin chair is Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Mario G. Montejo. Leading the Philippine delegation of senior officials is DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre. ?We are looking forward to hosting this very important gathering and exchanging ideas with our Asean counterparts, as well as exploring new avenues of cooperation with our dialogue partners. The Philippines is looking at playing a more active role in ICT development in the Asean region, particularly in the areas of ICT infrastructure and people empowerment,? Casambre said. One of the key events at the conference is the signing of the Mactan Cebu Declaration, which aims to improve cooperation between Asean member states in ICT related endeavors such as cybersecurity and e-commerce, as well as to implement strategic thrusts put forth in the Asean ICT Masterplan. Other events happening during the weeklong conference are: An Asean-UNCTAD workshop on e-Commerce law harmonization, the awarding ceremonies for the first ever Asean ICT Awards, as well as an informal meeting of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia Malaysia, and the Philippines East Asean Growth area (BIMP-EAGA) Telecom and IT Ministers. ]]>

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