The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) was founded on the joint initiatives of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Established in July 1979, the APT is an intergovernmental organization that operates in conjunction with telecom service providers, manufacturers of communications equipment, and research and development organizations active in the field of communication, information and innovation technologies.
APT serves as the focal organization for ICT in the region. Currently, the APT has 38 Members, 4 Associate Members and 134 Affiliate Members. Through its various programmes and activities, the APT has made a significant contribution to the development and growth in the ICT sector.
The APT has assisted members in the preparation of Global conferences such as ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (IPP), World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) and the ITU meetings. The APT also involves in promoting regional harmonization of their programmes and activities in the region.
APT continues to support and facilitate its members in bringing about a qualitative and sustainable growth of ICT in the Asia-Pacific region.