36th Meeting of Telecommunications and Information Working Group
Santiago, Chile - The Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TEL) aims to improve telecommunications and information infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region by developing and implementing appropriate telecommunications and information policies.
The Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TEL) aims to improve telecommunications and information infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region by developing and implementing appropriate telecommunications and information policies, including relevant human resource and development cooperation strategies. This is reflected in the TEL's expanded vision of promoting the transition from an Asia-Pacific Information Infrastructure into the Asia-Pacific Information Society.
The TEL's priorities are set by both Telecommunications and Information Ministers and Leaders and currently focus on -
reducing the digital divide,
next generation networks and technologies,
mutual recognition arrangements,
protecting information and
communications infrastructure and cybersecurity,
advancing the Asia Pacific Information Society.
The private sector is actively involved in TEL activities, including all three TEL steering groups. Many projects are both initiated and driven solely by the private sector or in cooperation with the public sector. The TEL has a set of TEL Sponsorship Guidelines.
TEL is also strengthening cooperation with other international fora, including thematic cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TEL) was formed in 1990. In 2006, TEL agreed on a new structure aimed to better respond to new challenges on ICT issues in APEC. Three steering groups on Liberalization, ICT Development, and Security and Prosperity, propose, implement and monitor projects and activities to advance the overall goals of APEC.