APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group Strategic Action Plan 2016-2020

The 10th Meeting of the Telecommunications and Information Ministers (TELMIN10) was held on 31 March 2015, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The Ministers endorsed the TEL Strategic Action Plan 2016-2020 (or SAP 2016-2020).  The SAP 2016-2020 identifies five (5) priority areas:

  1. Develop and support ICT innovation
  2. Promote a secure, resilient and trusted environment
  3. Promote Regional Economic Integration  
  4. Enhance the Digital Economy and the Internet Economy
  5. Strengthening Cooperation. 

These address the key areas of APEC’s priorities as identified in the mandate of the Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TEL).  First, the creation of an environment that drives innovation and growth through exchanges of policy and regulation, promoting ICT connectivity, and ensuring a secure and trusted ICT environment.  Second, lowering barriers to economic participation by promoting deployment and access to networks, and leveraging on ICT to build better and safer communities.  Third, ICT to help mitigate non-technical shocks, such as natural disasters. 

The SAP 2016-2020 is accompanied by an annex outlining specific actions and possible initiatives that the TEL will undertake to fulfil the TEL Strategic Action Plan 2016-2020.  The TEL was tasked by the Ministers to develop their yearly work plan to fulfil on the SAP 2016-2020.