The Philippines, through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), will be hosting the 2nd ASEAN TELSOM-ATRC Leaders’ Retreat 2017, 23rd ATRC Meeting, and other related meetings on 21-26 August 2017 at Marriott Hotel Manila.

The meeting will be attended by Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials and Telecommunications Regulators from the ten (10) ASEAN Member States (AMS) to discuss primarily the outcomes and decisions from other ASEAN Forums, including the 3rd ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM) for the 48th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM), the Forum on Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 and the 8th ASEAN Connectivity Symposium.

The intention to establish the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) was raised in May 2000 following the APEC Ministers of Communications and Information Technology Meeting in Cancun, Mexico. It was at the Cancun meeting that the ASEAN Ministers and Senior Officials felt it to have a regional platform to look into possible initiatives to tackle the wide-ranging issues concerning communications particularly telecommunications and Information Technology.

As a result of that discussion, ASEAN TELSOM first met in October 2000 in Brunei Darussalam, followed by the inaugural ASEAN TELMIN in July 2001 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  TELMIN is one of the sectoral ministerial bodies categorized under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) established to strengthen and institutionalize regional ICT cooperation.

ATRC is the adviser to the ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers (TELMIN), Established in 1995, the ATRC aims to advance the development of the telecoms industry in the region by discussing and coordinating policy, strategic and regulatory issues in telecommunications, ranging from radio frequency coordination to regulatory trends, development strategies and international affairs.

Anchored on the ASEAN 50 theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, AMS believes and recognizes the invaluable support of its partners in achieving a stronger ASEAN Economic Community. Dialogue partners, such as China and Japan will also be attending the meeting.

With ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020 as guidance, the Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and the ATRC will precede the TELMIN meeting that will be held in November to identify and coordinate programs, projects and activities that aim to intensify ICT cooperation and enhance the competitiveness of the ICT sector.