APEC Signs

Representatives from 21 countries of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have signed a new agreement on several issues including cyber security and universal access. Dubbed as the 'Bangkok Declaration', signed at the APEC Ministerial Meeting on Telecommunications and Information Industry (or TELMIN) in Thailand.

The Declaration urges for the need of reliable infrastructure and service. The Declaration states, 'ensuring universally accessibly ICT infrastructure and services to bridge the digital divide is crucial to our future social and economic prosperity,' and that economies should 'continue their efforts to expand the reach of networks with the ambitious goal of achieving universal access to broadband by 2015.' The Declaration focuses on various themes like trade liberalisation among APEC economies, universal access, flexible regulatory frameworks, cyber security and ICT capacity building. This year, members shared their strategies in pushing for digital prosperity in the region.