Chair’s Report The 47th apec telecommunications and Information Working Group Meeting 22nd



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Chair’s Report

The 47th APEC Telecommunications and

Information Working Group Meeting

(22nd - 27th April 2013, Bali, Indonesia)
Introduction

The 47th APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TEL) meeting and associated meetings were held in Bali, Indonesia from 22 to 27 April 2013. The meetings were attended by 15 member economies (Brunei Darussalam; People’s Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; The Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; The United States; and Viet Nam). Mr. Mikiharu Shimizu, Program Director of the APEC Secretariat, and representatives from APNIC, APLAC, ISOC and INTUG also attended the meetings.


Mr. Kenji Tanaka from Japan chaired the TEL47 meeting with the Vice-Chair, Ms. Nur Sulyna Abdullah from Malaysia.
The meeting was preceded by a number of workshops and meetings, as follows:


22 April

(Monday)


MRA TF

Enhance competence in implementing ICT universal services programs / projects in APEC

Cybercrime Experts Group

23 April

(Tuesday)



MRA TF

Workshop on cloud computing based tele-health management platform

Workshop on APEC Training Program for Preventive Education on ICT Misuse

Regulatory Roundtable

Industry Roundtable

Cybercrime Experts Group

24 April

(Wednesday)



Workshop on broadband network development for green growth

Workshop on comparing approaches to Botnet prevention, identification, and mitigation

Workshop on the Transparency of Internet Broadband Access Speeds



  1. Welcome and Opening Ceremony

The first plenary meeting of TEL47 was officially opened on the Thursday morning, 25 April 2013.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Suprawoto, Expert Staff to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, the Republic of Indonesia, welcomed all delegates to the meeting. He mentioned that the TEL47 meeting was held in Bali at the perfect time of the APEC Indonesia year. He pointed out that TEL would play a more important role in sharing information and exchanging views and experiences, because the information and communications technology (ICT) sector is an important key towards achieving global growth and will form an essential foundation for development of a digital economy. Referring to the workshops held in the last three days, he emphasized the importance of the multi-stakeholder approach as observed in the workshops where regulators, industry, academics and experts gathered to share in-depth information and study. Lastly, he expressed his conviction that the success of the TEL47 meeting was certain, and also he hoped all the delegates to spend some time to enjoy Bali’s culture and nature.
On behalf of TEL, Mr. Kenji Tanaka, the TEL Chair, expressed his appreciation to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the republic of Indonesia for hosting TEL47. He also thanked for the host’s arrangement for enjoyable visits to Uluwatus and Kerambitan. He said he learned a lot about the importance of the ICT sector from Mr. Suprawoto’s remarks. He pointed out that ICT plays a more important role in our daily life, and expressed his confidence that TEL could contribute to 2013 APEC Indonesia year.



  1. Opening Address

In his opening address, Mr. Kenji Tanaka, the TEL Chair, welcomed delegates to the first plenary meeting of TEL47 and expressed his appreciation to Indonesia for hosting TEL47.
He said that TEL has been working on a wide range of regulatory and technological challenges in the ICT sector through cooperation among 21 member economies for more than 20 years. He expressed his confidence that TEL had achieved meaningful contributions to the development in the Asia Pacific region from the aspect of ICT. Referring to the workshops and the roundtables which were held in the previous three days, he said he was sure that TEL has provided a good opportunity for the APEC economies and guests to exchange their views and experiences for further economic growth.
He also mentioned that having received the report of Independent Assessment on TEL in 2012, it would be important and significant for TEL to review the activities taking into account the recommendations made by the independent assessor to make TEL a more active and effective group in APEC. Lastly, he extended his appreciation to Indonesia’s warm hospitality and expressed his expectation to all TEL members’ continuous support and commitment to the meetings.



  1. Adoption of Agenda

The TEL Chair opened the floor for comments on the proposed agenda for the plenary. There were no comments from members and the agenda was adopted as proposed.



  1. Report on APEC Developments

4.1 APEC 2013 Priorities / 4.2 Key Outcomes of SOM1 and SOM2 Meetings
The delegates from the Indonesian APEC SOM Chair office made two presentations: 1) APEC 2013 priorities and the current progress; 2) Promoting Connectivity in APEC 2013.

In the first presentation, the delegates provided detailed information on the progress of three APEC 2013 priorities in SOM 1 and SOM 2 to the TEL members: i) Attaining the Bogor Goals; ii) Sustainable Growth with Equity; and iii) Promoting Connectivity. The delegates also explained the contents of 2013 MRT Statement which was agreed on 21 April in Surabaya, Indonesia, and mentioned that the expectation from the SOM Chair office was to create a good working relationship between the SOM Chair office and TEL.

The second presentation focused on one of the priorities, Promoting Connectivity. The delegate introduced the instruction from MRT on drafting APEC Framework of Connectivity, which consists of three types of connectivity: “physical”, “institutional” and “people to people.” The draft would be discussed in SOM 3 in July 2013 and endorsed by Leaders and Ministers in October 2013. The delegates asked the TEL members to provide critical suggestions on the development of the Framework, especially by identifying the ICT-related gaps and potential areas of cooperation among fora and subfora, and by advising the emerging trends in ICT in APEC region.
The TEL Chair expressed TEL’s willingness to contribute to the drafting process, and mentioned that TEL would discuss the draft Framework in the next meeting, TEL 48, and would report to the CSOM in October 2013.

4.3 Project Management Update


The Program Director of the APEC Secretariat introduced the detailed timeline for session 2 and session 3 of the project management process in 2013. It was noted that the deadlines for project proposals in session 3 would be prior to TEL48 and therefore the proposals would be reviewed inter-sessionally.

4.4 Independent Assessment


The TEL Chair updated the follow-up activities on the Independent Assessment that TEL underwent in 2012. The assessment report was endorsed by SCE and the SCE Chair requested TEL to consider the recommendations made by the Independent Assessor and to report to SCE. The TEL Chair explained the draft TEL’s action on each recommendation, and asked members’ consideration for their endorsement at the last plenary meeting.



  1. Presentations by Economies of their Recent Regulatory and Policy Developments

Economies (Brunei Darussalam; People’s Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Republic of Korea; The Philippines; Russia; Chinese Taipei; Thailand and The United States) presented a brief update of regulatory and policy developments. Australia, Japan and Malaysia also reported their regulatory updates by uploading presentation materials.



  1. Steering Group Meeting Reports

At the last plenary meeting on the morning of Saturday, 27 April 2013, the reports of Development Steering Group (DSG), Liberalization Steering Group (LSG) and Security and Prosperity Steering Group (SPSG) were presented by their respective Convenors.



    1. Development Steering Group Meeting (DSG)

The DSG Convenor, Mr. Yu Zhicheng from China, presented the summary report of the DSG meeting (ANNEX A) and requested for the endorsement of one APEC-funded project and for the approval of three self-funded projects, as follows:




  • Deployment of multi-language email address technology by China (APEC-funded project),

  • Extension of APEC e-Government research center at Waseda University by Japan (self-funded project),

  • Extension of ICT applications for the people with special needs (aging and disabilities) by Japan and Singapore (self-funded project),

  • Disaster management and ICT for APEC region by Japan (self-funded project).

One self-funded project proposal was unable to reach consensus during DSG meeting, and the Convenor asked to continue reviewing the proposal inter-sessionally as an exceptional case since the project proposal contained a workshop plan at TEL48. The proposal is as follows:




  • Interoperable ICT: semantic, linguistic and other aspects by Russia (self-funded project).

The Convenor also requested holding the following workshops/seminars at TEL48:




  • ½-day Workshop on development of multi-language email address technology (China),

  • ½-day Workshop on e-Government (Japan),

  • ½-day Workshop on disaster management and ICT for APEC region (Japan),

  • 1-day Workshop on interoperable ICT (Russia) (tbc).



    1. Liberalization Steering Group Meeting (LSG)

The LSG Deputy Convenor, Mr. Nguyen Quy Quen from Viet Nam who facilitated the LSG meeting as Acting Convenor on an ad-hoc basis, presented the summary report of the LSG meeting (ANNEX B) and requested the endorsement of one APEC-funded project, and for the approval of two self-funded projects, as follows:




  • Workshop on Over the Top (OTT) services by Indonesia (APEC-funded project),

  • APEC Workshop on ‘Promoting the development of ICT revolution to assist the economic growth of small medium enterprise (SMEs) and the small medium micro enterprise (SMMEs) ’ by Malaysia (self-funded project),

  • Workshop on the quality of services for regulators by Indonesia (self-funded project).

The Deputy Convenor also requested holding the following workshops/seminars at TEL48:




  • ½-day Workshop on ‘Promoting the development of ICT revolution to assist the economic growth of small medium enterprise (SMEs) and the small medium micro enterprise (SMMEs)’ (Malaysia),

  • ½-day Workshop on the quality of service for regulators (Indonesia),

  • ½-day Industry Roundtable (The United States and INTUG),

  • ½-day Regulatory Roundtable (The United States) (tbc).

The Vice-Chair of MRA Task Force (MRATF), Mr. Saneh Saiwong from Thailand, presented his report on MRATF meeting (ANNEX C) and requested two day MRATF sessions at TEL48.

6.3 Security and Prosperity Steering Group (SPSG)
The SPSG Convenor, Ms. Jordana Siegel from the United States, presented the summary report of the SPSG meeting (ANNEX D) and requested the approval of two self-funded projects, as follows:


  • APEC-OECD Symposium on security risk management in the Internet economy by the United States,

  • Towards better comparable CSIRT statistics by the United States.

The Convenor also requested holding the following workshops/seminars at TEL48:




  • ½-day APEC-OECD Symposium on security risk management in the Internet economy (The United States),

  • ½-day Workshop towards better comparable CSIRT statistics (The United States),

  • ½-day Workshop on Botnet (United States),

  • 1 and ½-day Cybercrime experts group meeting (The United States).



  1. Discussion / Approval of New Project Proposals / Priority Setting

The following two (2) Concept Notes of APEC-funded projects were endorsed at the plenary:


Title__Funding__Rank__Steering_Group__P'>Title

Funding

Rank

Steering Group

Proposing Economy

Deployment of multi-language email address technology

ASF

1

DSG

China

Workshop on Over- the- Top (OTT)

ASF

2

LSG

Indonesia

The Program Director of the APEC Secretariat distributed prioritization forms to members in order to obtain input into which of the Concept Notes should be submitted to the BMC as of most importance to TEL members. This process resulted in the Concept Note entitled “Deployment of multi-language email address technology” as the higher priority project.


The following seven (7) proposals for self-funded projects were approved at the plenary;


Title

Steering Group

Proposing Economy

Disaster management and ICT for APEC region

DSG

Japan

Extension of APEC e-Government research center

DSG

Japan

Extension of Project (TEL 01/2011A) on ICT applications for people with special needs (ageing and disabilities)

DSG

Japan, Singapore

APEC workshop on ‘Promoting the development of ICT revolution to assist the economic growth of small medium enterprise (SMEs) and the small medium micro enterprise (SMMEs)’

LSG

Malaysia

Workshop on the quality of service for regulators

LSG

Indonesia

APEC-OECD symposium on security risk management in the Internet economy

SPSG

US

Towards better comparable CSIRT statistics

SPSG

US

The following project proposal was agreed to review inter-sessionally as an exceptional case.




Title

Steering Group

Proposing Economy

Interoperable ICT: semantic, linguistic and other aspects

DSG

Russia



  1. Other Business

8.1 Independent Assessment
The TEL Chair advised TEL members that the draft TEL’s action on each recommendation was reviewed in detail in HoD meetings and revised to progress TEL’s activities effectively, and sought members’ endorsement on the draft to report to SCE. “TEL Actions on the Independent Assessment Recommendations” (ANNEX E) was approved by TEL, and it was agreed to report it to SCE.

8.2 Strategic Planning

The TEL Chair informed TEL members that all subfora of APEC including TEL were requested by SCE Chair to formulate its Strategic Plan in the format indicated by SCE. Since TEL already has established the Strategic Action Plan for 2010-2015 which was endorsed by Ministers at TELMIN8 and TELMIN9, the TEL Chair suggested an approach to this issue in reconstructing the elements of Strategic Action Plan into the designated format. The TEL Chair explained that the draft Strategic Plan prepared by TEL Chair’s Office was reviewed and revised in HoD meetings and he sought members’ endorsement on the draft. “TEL Strategic Plan 2010-2015” (ANNEX F) was approved by TEL and it was agreed to report it to SCE.

8.3 Amendment of Inter-sessional approval process

The TEL Chair mentioned that through the experience for the last two years it was considered necessary to revise the guidelines of inter-sessional approval process of project proposals that were agreed by TEL at TEL44. He explained that the draft revised guidelines of inter-sessional approval process prepared by TEL Chair’s Office was reviewed and revised in HoD meetings, and he sought TEL’s endorsement on the draft. TEL agreed to the revised guideline (ANNEX G - I).
As reported by the Program Director of the APEC Secretariat, since the deadline of project proposals for session 3 in 2013 is prior to TEL48, it was confirmed that TEL would review project proposals for session 3 inter-sessionally following the revised guideline. It was noted that the project proposal from Russia, which was unable to reach consensus during TEL47, would be reviewed further inter-sessionally as an exceptional case following the revised guidelines.

8.4 Steering Group Convenorship

Having informed TEL members that some positions of Convenors and Deputy Convenors were vacant and that the current MRA TF Vice-Chair was unable to continue his role, the TEL Chair announced that there were nominations to some vacant posts as follows:


  • Mr. Mitsuhiro HISHIDA from Japan to the position of the LSG Convenor;

  • Mr. Christopher Hemmerlein from the United Stated to the position of the DSG Deputy Convenor; and

  • Mr. Roger Nien Po Sheng from Chinese Taipei to the position of the MRA TF Vice-Chair

The nominations were agreed by TEL. The list of the Convenors and MRA TF with new appointment is as follows:







Convenor

Deputy

Convenor 1

Deputy

Convenor 2

DSG:

TEL46~49

Mr. Yu Zhicheng

(China)


Mr. Wallace Koh Hoe Aik

(Brunei)


Mr. Christopher Hemmerlein

(USA)

LSG:

TEL46~49

Mr. Mitsuhiro Hishida

(Japan)

Mr. Nguyen Quy Quyen

(Viet Nam)



(vacant)

SPSG:

TEL46~49

Ms. Jordana Siegel

(USA)


Mr. Thongchai Sangsiri

(Thailand)



(vacant)

MRA TF:

TEL45~48

Mr. Peter Chau

(Canada)


Mr. Roger Nien Po Sheng (Chinese Taipei)






  1. Discussion of Future Meetings

    1. TEL48

The United States announced that TEL48 will be held in Hawaii, the United States of America from 16 to 21 September 2013. The United States showed the video presentation about Hawaii and welcomed active participation of member economies. The tentative draft program for TEL48 was introduced and agreed as follows:




 

Morning

Noon

Afternoon

Evening

15 Sep.

(Sun)








Preparatory meeting between host and Excomm




Day 1

16 Sep.


(Mon)

MRA TF




MRA TF




[Workshop on Interoperable ICT: semantic, linguistic and other aspects (DSG)]

[Workshop on Interoperable ICT: semantic, linguistic and other aspects (DSG)]

[Regulatory Roundtable]

 Industry Roundtable

Cybercrime Expert Group

Cybercrime Expert Group

Day 2

17 Sep.


(Tue)

MRA TF




[MRA TF] or [Demonstration by Host Economy]




Towards Better Comparable CSIRT Statistics (SPSG)

Workshop on Botnet (SPSG)

Cybercrime Expert Group

Symposium on Disaster Management and ICT for APEC Region (DSG)

HoD special session

HoD special session

Day 3

18 Sep.


(Wed)

Workshop on ‘Promoting the Development of ICT Revolution to Assist the Economic Growth of Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs) and the Small Medium Micro Enterprise (SMMEs)’ (LSG)

HOD meeting

Workshop on the Quality of Service for Regulators (LSG)

Welcome

Dinner


APEC-OECD Symposium on Security Risk Management in the Internet Economy (SPSG)

APEC-OECD Symposium on Security Risk Management in the Internet Economy (SPSG)

Workshop on multi-languages email address technology (DSG)

Workshop on APEC e-Government Research Center (DSG)

HoD special session

HoD special session

Day 4

19 Sep.


(Thu)

Plenary I




DSG




SPSG

Day 5

20 Sep.


(Fri)

LSG

HOD meeting

LSG

Excomm Meeting

Networking Night



SPSG

DSG

Day 6

21 Sep.


(Sat)

Plenary II




[Excursion]

 



    1. Potential hosts for meetings after TEL48

Thailand expressed their willingness to host TEL49 and mentioned that they would proceed with internal consultation to obtain formal confirmation.


The Philippines, the host economy of APEC2015, also expressed their willingness to host TEL51 in 2015, and said that they had started internal consultation.
The TEL Chair informed members that Australia indicated their willingness to host TEL50 through correspondence with the TEL Chair during TEL47.
The TEL Chair expressed his deep appreciation to Thailand, the Philippines and Australia for offering to host future TEL meetings, and he said it’s a joyous occasion that there are three volunteers for hosting future TEL meetings.



  1. Statements by Observers and Guests

Representatives from APNIC , ISOC and INTUG gave brief updates on their activities and expressed their desire for continued cooperation with TEL.



  1. Document Classification

The Program Director of the APEC Secretariat requested the TEL members to finish their revision of the documents, if necessary, in the TEL47 webpage by Friday, 3 May. Also the Program Director announced that he would circulate a draft document classification list to the members after closing the TEL47 webpage for the members’ consideration.



  1. Selection of new Vice Chair

Regarding the new Vice Chair, the TEL Chair informed the meeting of the candidate, Mr. Andrey Mukhanov from Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, Russia. Prior to TEL47, the TEL Chair sent an email to the HoDs of members for their consideration. At the HoD meeting during TEL47, the candidature from Russia was reviewed and agreed upon. The Meeting unanimously endorsed Mr. Andrey Mukhanov as TEL’s new Vice Chair.
In his intervention, Mr. Mukhanov expressed his appreciation to all members for their support and to the TEL Chair and Vice Chair for their great contribution to TEL. He also extended his appreciation to Indonesia for hosting the fruitful TEL47 meeting. He referred to the high responsibility required of the position, and the importance of the ICT sector in the global development.



  1. Remarks by TEL Chair

In his closing remarks, the TEL Chair expressed his appreciation to the host, the Ministry of Communications and Information technology, the Republic of Indonesia, for their warm hospitality and excellent meeting arrangement.
He summarized the outcome of this TEL47 meeting and the major progress that TEL has made during the last two years. Referring to each TEL meeting and TELMIN9, he expressed TEL’s achievement towards the APEC goals. He also expressed his confidence that TEL would continue to contribute to the APEC goals under the new TEL Chairship.
Lastly, he gave his sincere gratitude to economies, the incoming TEL Chair, Ms. Nur Sulyna Abdullah, the APEC Program Director, Mr. Mikiharu Shimizu, and his predecessors, convenors, all the host economies, all the TEL members, and in particular his two assistants, Ms. Yuka Kobayashi and Mr. Atsushi Baba, for their valuable support during his two-years chairship.



  1. Handover of TEL Chairship

Mr. Kenji Tanaka handed over the chairship to Ms. Nur Sulyna Abdullah from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.



  1. Remarks by new TEL Chair

After the handover of the Chair from Mr. Tanaka to Ms. Nur Sulyna Abdullah, the new TEL Chair thanked Mr. Kenji Tanaka for his commitment and dedication to the work of TEL from TEL44 to TEL47 and wished the best for his post-TEL future undertakings. The new TEL Chair also acknowledged Mr. Liu Ziping who had set the pace for both Mr. Tanaka and herself with his distinctive leadership style during his term as TEL Chair from TEL40 – TEL43. She recalled that it was during Mr. Liu’s term as Chair that she was approached to be the Vice Chair to Mr. Tanaka.


The new TEL Chair also thanked Ms. Yuka Kobayashi and Mr. Atsushi Baba for their diligent work in supporting the TEL Chair for the past two years. A special mention was given to Mr Shoji Mihara and the delegation from Japan who had offered such strong support to the TEL Chair during his term.
She then introduced her team; TEL Chair’s Assistant Ms. Noraini Noor Khan (Nora) and Ms. Nora’s assistant, Ms. Sharifah Khairiyah (Kay). She also welcomed the new Vice Chair, Mr. Andrey Mukhanov from the Russian Federation and expressed that she was very much looking forward to working closely with him during her term.

The new TEL Chair then made her first announcement in relation to TEL48. In general, the attire will be Smart Casual except for Plenary I, of which the attire should be Business Attire. She also highlighted immediate challenges which include the vetting of the Connectivity Framework to be developed by Indonesia as the APEC Host for 2013, and the 2016 – 2020 TEL Strategic Action Plan. Both will be the main discussion items for the Special HOD meeting to be held prior to the first Plenary of TEL48.




  1. Adjournment

The new TEL Chair announced the closing of TEL47. She wished to all TEL members a safe journey home and looked forward to seeing them in Hawaii at TEL48.



47th APEC TEL WORKING GROUP MEETING

ICT DEVELOPMENT STEERING GROUP (DSG)


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