The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) is a leading intergovernmental organisation for the development of telecommunications and ICT in the Asia-Pacific region. APT was established by ESCAP and ITU in July 1979 with the objective to promote the development of telecommunications and ICT services in the Asia-Pacific region, with particular emphasis on the developing countries. APT facilitates and supports regional cooperation by engaging decision-makers in government, business and other sectors in the development and implementation of policies that are beneficial to the telecommunication and ICT sectors in the region. Currently, the APT has a strength of 38 Full Members, 4 Associate Members and 131 Affiliate Members. The headquarters of the APT is located in Bangkok. Further information about APT is available at APT website, www.apt.int.
Mr. Toshiyuki Yamada of Japan, Secretary General of APT, brings to his post 35 years of service both in national and international stage.
Mr. Yamada’s long tenure with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Japan (presently MIC) included responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including , Deputy Director of International Policy Division, Senior Advisor of International Affairs Department and Director of International Cooperation Division. Mr. Yamada also had extensive international experience including his postings as the First Secretary to the permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva, Special Advisor to the President of the Conference ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 1994 in Kyoto, and Convenor of the Liberalization Steering Group of the APEC Telecommunications WG (APECTEL).
Mr. Yamada has longstanding ties with APT, dating back to 1999, when he was the Vice Chairman of the APT Management Committee. He was later elected Chairman of the APT Management Committee in 2000. Mr. Yamada served as the Director-General of the Institute for Information and Communications Policy, Ministry of International Affairs and Communications (MIC) before he was elected Deputy Executive Director of APT in 2005. Mr. Yamada was elected Secretary General of APT at the 31st Session of the APT Management Committee in 2007. He was re-elected for a 3-year term at the 11th Session of the APT General Assembly in 2008. At APT, his guiding vision has forged APT towards the forefront of telecom and ICT development in the Asia Pacific region, leading to a significant growth of APT membership. Mr. Yamada has also actively improved APT Human Resource Development Programme (HRD), reinforced regional coordination for ITU conferences as well as enhanced efficient management of the APT.