The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity was established in July 1979 by a joint initiative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific UN ESCAP and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The APT is a unique organization of Governments, telecom service providers, manufacturers of communication equipment, research & development organizations and other stake holders active in the field of communication and information technology.  The APT has 33 Members, 4 Associate Members and 103 Affiliate Members. Through its various programmes and activities, APT makes a significant contribution to the growth of the information and communication (ICT) sector especially the telecommunication sector in the Asia Pacific region. APT assists its members in their preparations for global conferences such as various ITU meetings as well as promoting regional harmonization for these events.

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