The First ASEAN Telecommunications Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) was held on 13-14 July 2001 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. TELMIN took over the technological aspects of the e-ASEAN work programme from the auspices of the ASEAN Economic Ministers. The Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and its Working Groups carry out the four objectives of the e-ASEAN Framework Agreement, namely to (a) develop, strengthen and enhance the competitiveness of the ICT sector; (b) reduce the digital divide within and amongst ASEAN Member Countries; (c) promote cooperation between the public and private sectors; and (d) develop ASEAN Information Infrastructure.
To further strengthen the collaboration between ASEAN Member States (AMS), at the 10th TELMIN in January 2011, the Ministers launched and adopted the ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015 (AIM2015) with a vision “Towards an Empowering and Transformational ICT: Creating an Inclusive, Vibrant and Integrated ASEAN”, as a result from 10 years of ICT cooperation in ASEAN. The 5-year Masterplan is a comprehensive plan of specific actions and projects with clear targets and timelines in six (6) strategic thrusts with the aim to deliver four key outcomes: (i) ICT as an engine of growth for ASEAN countries; (ii) Recognition for ASEAN as a global ICT hub; (iii) Enhanced quality of life for the peoples of ASEAN; and (iv) Contribution towards ASEAN integration. In order to examine the performance of the Masterplan the Ministers tasked TELSOM to monitor its progress by using the AIM2015 Mid-Term Review (MTR) on the first half and a Final Review on its overall term. With the conclusion of AIM2015 at the 15th TELMIN in November 2015 in Da Nang, Viet Nam, the Ministers noted the key recommendations of the final review which would be taken into consideration when implementing the future Masterplan. The recommendations include (i) to define clear, specific and measurable goals to better assess the level of achievement of the implementation activities; (ii) to improve the resource planning in order to allocate appropriate resources to each of the initiatives; and (iii) to identify more activities on human capacity development to narrow the development gaps amongst AMSs.
With the recommendations from the AIM2015 in mind, at the 15th TELMIN, the Ministers adopted and launched AIM2020 with a vision “To Propel ASEAN Towards a Digitally Enabled Economy that is Secure, Sustainable, and Transformative; and to enable an Innovative, Inclusive and Integrated ASEAN Community.” AIM2020 structures ASEAN ICT cooperation activities into eight Strategic Thrusts: (i) Economic Development and Transformation; (ii) People Integration and Empowerment Through ICT; (iii) Innovation; (iv) ICT Infrastructure Development; (v) Human Resource Development; (vi) ICT in the ASEAN Single Market; (vii) New Media and Content; and (viii) Information Security and Assurance.
With AIM2020 as a guidance, TELMIN approves the annual work plan of TELSOM as well as the joint activity work plans with ASEAN Dialogue Partners (DPs) such as China, Japan, R.O.K., India, US, E.U. and, ITU to achieve the objectives of AIM2020.