COMPOSIT ION OF THE TELECOMMUNITY
APT is an inter-governmental organization. The respective governments being members or associate members of the United Nations or Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) were convinced of the need to ensure balanced development of the Telecommunication services of the region.
Considering the need for co-operation in the detailed planning and management of the telecommunication services in the light of the rapid development of telecommunication in world and realizing the need for establishment of a consultative organization within the region for the settlement of telecommunication matters and recognizing the need for a permanent machinery to correlate planning and operational arrangements amongst national telecommunication organizations within the region, it was agreed to establish Asia Pacific Telecommunity.
The main objectives of the Telecommunity is
a) To correlate the planning and development of intra-regional and international telecommunication networks.
b) To promote the implementation of all agreed networks;
c) To assist the development within the region of the national com-ponents of an efficient international telecommunication network;
d) To foster coordination within the region of technical standards and routing plans for traffic;
e) To seek the adoption of efficient operating methods in regional telecommunication services.
In furtherance thereof, the Telecommunity may
a) Undertake, in coordination with the International Telecommunication Union, technical and other studies relating to development in telecommunication technology.
b) Encourage the exchange of information, technical experts and other specialized personnel amongst its members and associate members;
c) Study the feasibility of transfer of technology amongst its members and associate members;
d) Arrange short-term technical assistance to its members and associate members;
Membership in the Telecommunity is open to any State within the region which is a member of the United Nations or a member of ESCAP.
Associate membership in the Telecommunity is open to any associate member of ESCAP. Affiliate membership in the Telecommunity is open to any entity which operates, as a common carrier, national or international telecommunication services within the region and which is nominated for affiliate membership by a member or an associate member of the Tele-community.
The headquarters of Telecommunity have been placed at Bangkok (Thailand) .
The official language of the Telecommunity is English.
PRINCIPAL ORGANS OF TELECOMMUNITY
The principal organs of the Telecommunity are:
a) The General Assembly