Brief on Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN)
Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN), a regional network of 8 member countries (Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Cambodia) with Secretariat based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. APTN pursues to serve as the Knowledge Hub for the practitioners and policy makers in the field of telecentres and ICT4D in the Asia Pacific region. There are various models (Government led, Private sector driven, NGO led, PPP model etc.) and approaches in telecentre domain in Asia Pacific and empowering communities through sustainable development by using ICT enabled solutions. APTN members at country level manage and facilitate telecentre activities and contributing in the field of ICT4D. As a part of Telecentre.org Foundation, there are 6 regional networks including APTN. Detail on TCF can be found at www.telecentre.org
An Executive Committee comprises representatives of member countries lead the APTN activities and responsible for defining strategies. APTN was initiated by UN ESCAP, IDRC and Telecentre.org Foundation in 2007.