The Third Meeting of the Council of APSCO was convened in Beijing, China from 16 to 17 September 2009. The following accredited ministers/ministerial representatives from Member States and Signatory States of APSCO attended the Meeting, namely Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey.
Mr. Thaneerat Siriphachana, Deputy Permanent Secretary of MICT, Thailand as the Chairman of the Council chaired the meeting. Mr. MD. Abdus Samad, Member of SPARRSO and Minister of MOD, Bangladish, Mr. Chen Qiufa, Vice-Minister of MIIT and Administrator of CNSA, China were the Vice-Chairmen of the Council.
The Council approved the report of the Secretary-General of APSCO on the activities of the year 2010, including the proposed plan of activities for the year 2011.
With the decision of the Second Council Meeting, an Auditing Commission was established on the principle of random selection. Bangladesh, Iran and Thailand are the members of this Commission. The report has been presented to the Council. The Council confirmed the Auditing Report of 2009.
The Council noted the progress of these projects and especially the financial estimates of the remote sensing satellite project. The Council encouraged all Members to actively participate in the feasibility study so that its progress could be presented to the upcoming Council meetings.
The Council acknowledged the progress of the education and training activities of APSCO and its future plans for the year 2011.
According to the decision of the last two Council meetings, the Feasibility Study of Spatial Data Sharing Service Platform and its Application Pilot Project has been concluded as the priority project. The feasibility study of this project was presented to the Council. The Council approved the Feasibility Study Report of Spatial Data Sharing Service Platform and its Application Pilot Project.
The Council approved the Terms of Conditions for Associate Members of APSCO and encouraged the Secretary-General to work extensively with all UN countries for their participation in APSCO and invite more countries and space organizations to become APSCO Observers.
According to the Second Council Meeting, a more extensive and detailed Administration Rules, including the Financial Rules and Service Rules had been presented to the Council. The Council approved the Financial Rules and Service Rules of APSCO with the due amendment according to the Member States.
The Budget Estimation of APSCO for 2011 had been presented to the Council. The Council approved the Budget of APSCO for 2011 and the position of the percentages of the scales of contributions for the Member States together with the amounts of those contributions.
The Council encouraged its Member States to actively participate in the UN/Thailand Workshop on Space Law in Thailand in the upcoming November and the UN Workshop on Telemedicine in Iran in the coming year.
The Council agreed to add a geostationary telecommunications satellite and the Small Student Satellite projects as optional activities for all Member States to participate in on voluntary basis. Article-8 of the Convention shall apply to this project.
The Council agreed to set up a Financial Ad-Hoc Committee for the settlement of the issue of the scale of financial contribution of Peru. Each Member State shall nominate one person to join the Committee.