The annual Telecommunication Senior Officials Meeting-ASEAN Telecommunication Regulators’ Council (TELSOM-ATRC) Leaders Retreat is taking place in the northern port city of Hai Phong from April 11-12 to boost cooperation in information and communication technologies (ICT) between ASEAN member countries.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Tran Duc Lai highlighted the bloc’s ICT cooperation and its effectively implemented projects.

Lai suggested participants consider carefully set targets for the 2015 cooperation roadmap, define priortised areas in line with the region’s development and discuss a cooperation programme based on orientations in the Cebu Declaration approved at the 12 th ASEAN Telecommunication Ministers’ Meeting in the Philippines last November.

During the meeting, the delegates will evaluate initiatives and projects implemented within the framework of the master plan on ICT development among ASEAN member countries towards 2015.

Earlier, from April 8-10, the ministry coordinated with the ASEAN Secretariat to organise the ATRC joint working group (ATRC JWG), and with the European Union to hold the 2 nd ASEAN Spectrum Policy Forum.-VNA